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Expelled Pakistani official named 16 other staffers in spy ring: Report

Police on Tuesday said Mehmood Akhtar made the claim during his interrogation by Delhi Police, saying 16 staffers at the high commission were in touch with spies for extracting sensitive information and documents pertaining to the army and Border Security Force

Pakistan High Commission official Mehmood Akhtar who was expelled from the country, during his interrogation by the Delhi Police and intelligence agencies, had named 16 “staffers” involved in an alleged espionage network, Hindustan Times has reported.

Police on Tuesday said Mehmood Akhtar made the claim during his interrogation by Delhi Police, saying 16 staffers at the high commission were in touch with spies for extracting sensitive information and documents pertaining to the army and Border Security Force.

Officials said Akhtar had disclosed that the Pakistani High Commission employees were communicating with spies collecting information about the Indian Army and Border Security Forces. On October 27, Akhtar was declared persona non-grata for indulging in espionage. He had claimed that an Indian Space Research Organisation official gave him “sensitive information”.

Indian officials said the authorities concerned are investigating the authenticity of the names listed by Akhtar. If found to be true, the Ministry of External Affairs will be asked to take up the matter.

According to Dawn, Pakistan is considering withdrawing four of its officials from its High Commission office in India after New Delhi allegedly listed them as Inter-Services Intelligence personnel.

The Pakistan high commission staffer was caught receiving secret documents from Ramzan and Jangir, residents of Nagaur, in New Delhi on October 26. Another accused Shoaib was detained in Jodhpur and brought to Delhi by the police where he was arrested.

Relations between India and Pakistan have worsened since the militant attack on the Army’s camp in Kashmir’s Uri sector on September 18.

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