Espionage charges: India withdrawing eight diplomats from Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Eight Indian diplomats will be withdrawn from Pakistan as their identity has been compromised after reports in the media; Indian media reported quoting sources in the External Affairs Ministry.
The names and pictures of the diplomats were put in the public domain in Pakistan, said sources. Earlier, Pakistani media reported that Islamabad may expel as many as five Indian diplomats suspected of spying.
The alleged Indian intelligence personnel, whose cover was blown in the media, are Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri (posted as commercial counsellor); Balbir Singh (posted as first secretary, press and culture); Anurag Singh (working as first secretary, commercial), Amardeep Singh Bhatti (visa attache); Dharmedra, Vijay Kumar Verma and Madhavan Nanda Kumar (visa assistants); and Jayabalan Senthil (assistant, personnel welfare office). The media leak claimed that the officials were working either for RAW or for the Indian Intelligence Bureau.
All of them were found to be involved in subversive activities, including attempts to disrupt the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and create fear and chaos in the country.
Security agencies earlier this year captured a serving RAW officer, Kulbushan Jadhav, in Balochistan, which is seen as the most important intelligence catch so far.
Interrogation of Kulbhushan Yadav revealed he had been imparting Naval fighting training to Baloch separatists in an attempt to target Pakistani ports.