India condemned for using its diplomatic mission for espionage
ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said India had not only been found involved in promoting terrorist activities and financing terror outfits in Pakistan, but had also been using its diplomatic mission for nefarious designs.
At a weekly press briefing, FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan was disappointed with India for violating diplomatic norms and misusing its mission for espionage.
“The ‘fate’ of the eight alleged operatives would be taken up by “relevant authorities,” he added.
The diplomats and staff members accused of espionage have been linked to India’s Research and Analysis Wing and Intelligence Bureau. They were identified as: Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri (posted as commercial counsellor); Balbir Singh (posted as first secretary, press and information); 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 charge-sheet against them reads: “Espionage, subversion and support of terrorist activities in Balochistan and Sindh, especially in Karachi; sabotaging the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and fuelling instability in the two provinces.” They are also accused of stirring unrest in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Mr Zakaria revealed that Surjeet Singh, an Indian High Commission official who had been expelled last week, had acquired an employee card of a telecommunication services company by the name of Abdul Hafeez to conduct his activities. “Surjeet Singh was an Intelligence Bureau operative posted under Balbir Singh.