Pakistan condemned late on Sunday the Indian government’s decision to declare two officials of the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi as persona non grata requiring them to leave India within 24 hours.
The two Pakistani diplomats were declared persona non grata on charges of “espionage,” according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The two officials were apprehended by Indian law enforcement authorities for involving in espionage activities.
The Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement that the Indian action has been accompanied by a “negative pre-planned and orchestrated media campaign, which is a part of persistent anti-Pakistan propaganda.”
The ministry said that the two staff members of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi were lifted by the Indian authorities on Sunday on “false and unsubstantiated charges.”
“They were, however, released on intervention by the High Commission. We condemn the detention and torture as well as threatening and pressuring of the diplomatic officials to accept false charges,” the statement said.
It added that Pakistan strongly rejects the baseless Indian allegations and deplores the Indian action which is in clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as well as the norms of diplomatic conduct.
“The High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi has always worked within the parameters of international law and diplomatic norms. The Indian action is clearly aimed at shrinking diplomatic space for the working of Pakistan High Commission.”