2 Officials Of Indian High Commission Released After Brief Detention In Islamabad
Two officials of Indian High Commission in Pakistan are released a day after their arrest due to their alleged involvement in a car accident that took place in Islamabad on Monday.
According to Indian media, the officials have been released and currently they are in Indian High Commission office. On Monday, a first information report (FIR) was registered at Islamabad’s Secretariat Police Station, wherein it is stated that the two officials ran over a pedestrian and subsequently attempted to flee. The FIR also noted that counterfeit currency notes were also found in the possession of one of the officials.
Two officials of the Indian High Commission were released on Monday hours after the #Pakistan police arrested them for their alleged involvement in a hit-and-run incident in #Islamabadhttps://t.co/p6NS4rmRLa
— Firstpost (@firstpost) June 15, 2020
DAWN identified the suspected staffers as Dwimu Brahma and Paul Selvadhas who had arrived in the Pakistan in 2017. It further said that the two officials are non-diplomats.
The Foreign Office has yet to issue a statement in this regard. However, Indian journalist Geeta Mohan tweeted that India’s Ministry of External Affairs had summoned Pakistan’s Chargé d’Affaires Syed Haider Shah over the matter.
Pakistan's Chargé d'Affaires Syed Haider Shah has been summoned by #MEA over two missing Indian officials of Indian mission in Islamabad.
No official communication yet about their whereabouts.
India to lodge a strong protest.@IndiainPakistan @ForeignOfficePk @MEAIndia https://t.co/aeuPIt9d4M
— Geeta Mohan گیتا موہن गीता मोहन (@Geeta_Mohan) June 15, 2020
The news comes after Indian media started reporting that two High Commission officials had ‘gone missing’ in Islamabad. According to Times of India, the employees had gone out for ‘official work’. The Indian media outlets implied that the detention of the two officials was a ‘reciprocal action’ by Islamabad.
Earlier this month, India had expelled two officials of the Pakistani High Commission in Delhi accusing them of espionage. The charges were immediately rejected by Pakistan as ‘false’ and ‘unsubstantiated’.