The reason behind isolation of Pakistan on the global front is the “misguided policies” framed by the country, said Vikas Swaroop, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, India. In a press interaction, he expressed concern over the condition of the neighboring country and suggested that the people of Pakistan should raise their voice and urge their government to “adopt policies that would favour peace”.
Denying any incident of misbehaviour with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s staffer, Mehmood Akhtar, who was intercepted by Delhi police for possessing secret information on India’s defence, Swaroop said the man was “treated with courtesy, befitting his diplomatic status” and when he was handed over to the Pakistan High Commissioner in the presence of MEA official, he himself said he was treated well.
Swaroop came in front of media after Akhtar and two other men were arrested for passing information to Pakistan’s ISI. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Akhtar was intercepted by Delhi police yesterday while he was receiving sensitive documents pertaining to national security of India”.
“FS (foreign secretary) summoned Pak high commissioner to convey that Pak High Commission staffer (Mehmood Akhtar) has been declared persona non grata for espionage activities,” Swaroop had said while sharing the information about the spies. He further revealed the background of Akhtar, saying, “he had joined Baloch regiment of Pakistan Army in 1997” and “came on deputation to ISI in 2013”. However, he termed the denial of Pakistan on Akhtar as “quite characteristic”. Akhtar was given 48 hours to leave India, he added.