Friday , 26 April 2019

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India arrests Pakistan high commission official Abdul Basit for alleged espionage

Pakistan High Commission Staff Officer Akhtar Mehmood has been arrested by Indian police for alleged espionage, Indian media reported.

According to reports, the official, a staff member of Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit, was found “possessing defence related documents”. The detained official has been identified as Mehmood Akhtar, according to the Times of India.
Further, reports added that Basit was summoned by the external affairs ministry after police authorities sent the report regarding the detention to the concerned ministry.

Earlier this month, India once again claimed to have taken into custody a “Pakistani pigeon” with Urdu scribble written on its wings from Bamial village in Indian Punjab. The pigeon, detained by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, had an Urdu message addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).

The development came just a day after Indian forces claimed to have recovered two balloons with a similar message from the same area. “Modi, do not consider us the same people as we were during 1971. Now each and every child is ready to fight against India,” read the message.