ESPIONAGE-2NDLD INDOPAK 2LST

\ Reacting strongly to Pakistan\\’s denial of charges as Reacting strongly to Pakistan\\’s denial of charges as\\\"false and unsubstantiated\\" and that it was an attempt by\India to divert attaention from Kashmir issue, Swarup said\there was no \\"rationale\\" behind the claim as Akhtar was caught\\\"red-handed\\" committing an illegal act.\ \\"We are happy that we nipped the ISI spy ring in the\bud,\\" he said, adding that \\"denial that has come out from\Pakistan is something which has by now become quite\characteristic (of that country).\\"\ On remarks of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran\Khan that India was trying to \\"implode\\" Pakistan, the\Spokesperson said if today that country is feeling isolated,\it is because of \\"misguided policies\\".\ Giving details of how Akhtar was caught, Swarup said\following intelligence inputs for the last six months relating\to espionage involving vital installations of army and\paramilitary forces, Akhtar was intercepted by Delhi Police in\the forenoon yesterday while he was receiving sensitive\documents pertaining to national security from two persons.\ Although initially Akhtar masqueraded as an Indianational and even produced a fake Aadhar card, he later\admitted that he worked at the Pakistan High Commission and\requested that the mission be informed of the developments.\ Earlier, at a press conference, Delhi Police said acting\on inputs, its crime branch took the staffer identified as\Mehmood Akhtar into custody after he was found in possession\of certain defence documents.\ Akhtar was released after questioning as he enjoys\diplomatic immunity, police said.\ The crime branch has also arrested two persons, residents\of Rajasthan, for allegedly passing on sensitive information\to Akhtar, they said.\ \\"The alleged spies are residents of Rajasthan working for\Pakistan\\’s ISI. They were in touch with the staff here at\Pakistan High Commission and were providing sensitive\information,\\" said a senior police officer.\ Those arrested have been identified as Maulana Ramzan and\Subhash Jangir, he said. PTI PYK\SK\

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