In an unusual development Pakistan has leaked information on eight Indian diplomats currently posted at India’s diplomatic mission in Islamabad.
The identity of eight Indian diplomats and staffers were leaked by authorities in Pakistan.
They were accused of being RAW operatives allegedly disguised as diplomats.
According to the leaked information, the personnel identified are Rajesh Kumar Agnihotri (posted as commercial counsellor); Balbir Singh (posted as first secretary, press and culture); 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).
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Pakistan Foreign Office Nafis Zakaria said that the Indian diplomats mentioned above were members of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB).
Zakaria said that they were also suspected of involvement in terrorist and subversive activities including the handling of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) factions in Pakistan.
He said, “As you are aware, a number of Indian diplomats and staff belonging to Indian intelligence agencies RAW and IB have been found involved in coordinating terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan under the garb of diplomatic assignments.”
Zakaria, according to Dawn News, also provided details of the activities of the ‘undercover agents’, alleging that the suspected RAW and IB operatives handled TTP factions, fueled secatarianism in Pakistan and created unrest in Balochistan, Sindh, and Gilgit-Balistan (GB).
India too said on Wednesday that it would withdraw eight of its diplomats from Pakistan after they were identified in local media reports, in a further deterioration in ties between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours.
“They have put in the public domain eight names and six of these people went today. We will eventually withdraw all eight,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesman at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
(Additional inputs from Reuters)