Pakistan on Wednesday, pulled out 4 officials posted at its High Commission in Delhi. Although no reasons are yet to be specified for the same, it is widely believed that nabbing of Mehmood Akhtar with Indian defence papers is behind it. These four officials were reportedly named by Akhtar during his interrogation.
Earlier, last week Pakistan High commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar had been arrested by Delhi police at the Delhi Zoo. He was reportedly receiving important information and documents from two other men from Rajasthan. Pakistan’s High commissioner Abdul Basit had also been summoned for interrogation regarding the same issue. Basit had denied any activities related to spying and said that Pakistan doesn’t involve itself in activities that hamper its diplomatic ties.
Although Akhtar had initially been arrested by the Delhi Police, he was let go as he happened to possess a diplomatic passport. He was asked to leave the country within 48 hours. Akhtar had been recruited by the ISI 3 years ago, and later joined the Delhi High commission. He had alsos erved as a Havaldar in the PAkistan Army for 3 years. During his interrogation, Akhtar had admitted to having 16 other employees on a diplomatic mission to India with the aim to earthing sensitive information regarding India’s ecurity forces.
Meanwhile, the a report by the Dawn quoted Akhtar as saying that he had given his statement to Indian authorities under “duress”. Akhtar alleged that he was “forced to read out a written statement” provided by Indian officials in which the names of the four officers were given. Akhtar further alleged that he was “told to state that they belonged to Pakistan’s intelligence services.”