Pakistan high commission staff held for allegedly stealing defence documents


New Delhi. An official of Pakistan High Commission was questioned on Thursday by the Delhi Police over alleged spying and theft of defence documents.

Two men from Rajasthan, who are suspected to be ISI spies, were also arrested for leaking sensitive defence documents to the Pak official.

The official, who has been identified as Mehmood Akhtar, was questioned by the police over the matter but was soon let off owing to the diplomatic immunity he holds.

According to reports, the crime branch of the Delhi police detained Akhtar, acting on a tip-off and found some maps in his possession along with documents on force deployment.


Abdul Basit, High Commissioner

The Ministry of External Affairs has summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the matter.

The arrests comes amid rising tensions between the two countries over the Uri attack and the recent increase in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops.

Only last week, a Pakistani spy was arrested from Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district for passing on vital information regarding deployment and movement of security forces to Pakistan.

Two Pakistani SIM cards and a map showing deployment of security forces was recovered from his possession.

Media reports quoting a senior police officer says, ‘the spies are residents of Rajasthan working for Pakistan’s ISI. The spies were in touch with the staff here at Pakistan High Commission and were providing sensitive information’.



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