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Three Indian High Commission officials to return from Pakistan after spying accusations

Last month, Pakistan had declared Indian High Commission official Surjeet Singh persona non-grata after India's action against Pakistan High Commission official Mehmood Akhtar. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 08, 2016, 03.57 PM (IST)

India on Tuesday recalled three of its diplomats from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad after Pakitan revealed their identities and accused them of spying. 

According to reports, first secretary commercial Anurag Singh, Vijay Kumar Varma and Madhawan Nanda Kumar left for Dubai from Islamabad.

Five other Indian High Commission officials - Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri, Amerdeep Singh Bhatti, Dharmendra Sodhi, Balbir Singh and Jayabalan Senthil - will leave for India via road through the Wagah border, the report said.

Pakistan's foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria had last week said that a number of Indian diplomats and staffers were involved in "coordinating terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan under the garb of diplomatic assignments". He had accused the eight Indian officials of being members of intelligence agencies. 

Last month, Pakistan had declared Indian High Commission official Surjeet Singh persona non-grata after India's action against Pakistan High Commission official Mehmood Akhtar following Indian police's busting of an ISI-run spy ring.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 

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