Espionage case: Pak Mission staffer declared persona non grata

\ New Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) India today declared a Pakistan\High Commission staffer as persona non-grata for espionage\activities after he was caught red handed by Delhi Police with\documents relating to defence deployment.\ This was conveyed by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar who\summoned Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit to his office following\brief detention of the staffer who was later released.\ \\"FS summons Pak High Commissioner to convey that Pak High\Commission staffer has been declared persona non grata for\espionage activities,\\" said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of\Ministry of External Affairs.\ Acting on inputs, Delhi Police crime branch took the\staffer identified as Mehmood Akhtar in 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 AKV\RT\

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