India has deported two Pakistani diplomats on charges of espionage, prompting Pakistan to summon the Indian charge d’affaires to the Foreign Office last night.
In New Delhi, a letter of protest was sent to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoning the Pakistani Foreign Minister, saying that both Pakistani diplomats had been found involved in activities against India’s security. Ensure that no member of the Pakistani mission is involved in activities contrary to his position.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the Indian move, saying the two officials of the diplomatic mission in New Delhi were first detained and forced to admit false and baseless allegations. He was released on the intervention of the Pakistan High Commission but was declared an undesirable person and ordered to leave the country within 24 hours.
A statement issued by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ayesha Farooqi said that these actions of India are part of a deliberate plan and propaganda campaign against Pakistan. Pakistan rejects these baseless allegations. These actions of India are openly against the Vienna Convention. The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has always acted within its limits under international law. With these moves, India is further restricting diplomatic capacity in both the countries.
The statement said that the BJP government in India could not divert attention from its internal and external issues and ongoing human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir by escalating tensions. Pakistan has urged the international community to take note of India’s intentions and play its role in ensuring peace and security in South Asia.