India on Tuesday once again summoned Pakistan’s Charge d’ Affaires Syed Haidar Shah and informed that New Delhi has repeatedly expressed concern about activities of officials of his High Commission, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the officials of Pakistan High Commission have been engaged in espionage and dealings with terror organisations while adding that two of its officials were caught red-handed and expelled on 31 May which was an example.
The Ministry of External Affairs further said that the central government has decided to reduce staff strength in the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi by 50 percent. “It would reciprocally reduce its own presence in Islamabad to the same proportion,” it said. The MEA also cited the recent abduction of two Indian officials in Islamabad and the “barbaric treatment” meted out to them by Pakistani agencies. “The behavior of Pakistan and its officials is not in conformity with the Vienna Convention and bilateral agreements on the treatment of diplomatic and consular officials. On the contrary, it is an intrinsic element of a larger policy of supporting cross-border violence and terrorism,” the MEA said.