At least eight Indian officials of its high commission in Islamabad could return after six members of the Pakistani Mission had left India on Wednesday on charges of alleged espionage rings operated.
The identity of Indian diplomats aired Wednesday by Pakistani news channels and online media, compromising their safety. Two Indian officials were accused of espionage and "subversive activities."
The charges against Indian diplomats occurred after the publication of a video of the interrogation of Mehmood Akhtar, a senior Pakistani official, arrested and deported last week on charges of spying for the Delhi police. Akhtar had appointed six other Pakistani officials as members of the spy ring. Of the six, four were from the rank of first secretary. All six have left India with their families Wednesday.
The faces of the Indian officials were broadcast on Pakistani media, which has raised concerns about their safety, sources said the Hindustan Times. They are recalled because there is danger to life.
Initially, the Indian trade consultant Rajesh Agnihotri and press secretary Balbir Singh was accused of being intelligence agents and later, six other people were appointed. Of the eight officials counselor, three first secretaries and four assistants.
India and Pakistan are at odds since the unrest in Kashmir after the death of Burhan Wani, Muizhideen leader of Hizbul Mujahideen. After months of deadlock, terrorists attacked a military base in Kashmir, which resulted in the death of 19 soldiers. To avenge this, the Indian Army has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC.
Civilians have been targeted along the border, Pakistan continues to violate the cease-fire. Up to 20 civilians, including women and children, were killed in mortar shelling and gunfire across the border.