Pakistan names Indian diplomats involve in anti Pakistan activities

Islamabad: The Foreign Office on Thursday confirmed involvement of eight staffers of Indian High Commission in subversive activities in Pakistan including handling of factions of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Spokesman Nafees Zakaria in a weekly media briefing said the staffers under the garb of diplomatic assignments were involved in “sabotaging China Pakistan Economic Corridor and fueling instability in Balochistan and Sindh”.

The Spokesman said the officials of the Indian High Commission were found working as operatives of Indian intelligence agencies and coordinating with terrorists including TTP factions. “The activities of these operatives of RAW and IB include espionage, subversion and supporting of terrorist activities in Balochistan and Sindh, especially Karachi,” he said.

Zakaria mentioned that besides handling the factions of TTP, the staffers were involved in creating unrest in Gilgit Baltistan. The Spokesman said the undercover diplomats as RAW’s operatives included Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri (Commercial Counsellor, RAW’s station chief), Anurag Singh (First Secretary Commercial), Amerdeep Singh Bhatti (Attache Visa) and staff members Dharmendra Sodhi, Vijay Kumar Verma and Madhavan Nanda Kumar.

Those as operatives of Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) were Balbir Singh (First Secretary Press and Information, IB Station Chief) and Jayabalan Senthil (Assistant Personnel Welfare Officer). The Spokesman said Surjeet Singh who was declared ‘persona non grata’ a few days back was also an IB operative working under Balbir Singh. He said Surjeet was using a fake identity as Abdul Hafeez pretending to be a telecommunication company Warid’s employee.

“We are disappointed that India has not only been found involved in promoting terrorist activities and terror financing as was disclosed by Kulbhushan Yadav and further confirmed by the statements at the highest political level on August 15th, but also been using its diplomatic mission for nefarious designs,” he said. He said the diplomats were involved in damaging Pakistan- Afghanistan relations, infiltrating Indian agents into social media and political circles for propaganda purposes and promoting activities detrimental to Pakistan’s interests.

Responding the Pakistani allegations Indian government on Thursday flatly rejected Pakistan’s allegations that officials at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were spying. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also hit out strongly against the publication of the pictures and names of Indian High Commission officials it has accused of spying.

“We completely reject the baseless and unsubstantiated allegations made by Pakistan against certain officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The Indian government strongly protests the manner in which the names and photos of eight Indian officials, four of them holders of diplomatic passports, have been published,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup at a news briefing on Thursday.

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