ISLAMABAD (web desk) – Three of the eight officials have returned to India today, who were accused of being involved in subversive activities in the country.
Anurag Singh, Vijay Kumar Varma and Madhavan Nanda Kumar, the ‘undercover agents’ of India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), left for Dubai early morning from Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport.
Meanwhile, expulsion of five other officials has been delayed. They were expected to leave for India via Wagha Border. The Indian officials could not be detained due to diplomatic immunity’ granted to them under the Vienna Convention.
“All these eight officials were involved in espionage, subversion and supporting of terrorist activities,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told reporters during weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.
Tensions between India and Pakistna have soared since a militant attack in September killed 19 soldiers on an Indian army base near the de-facto border dividing the disputed Kashmir region.
Cross-border shelling between the two countries has led to at least 14 civilian deaths in November alone.
The latest round of diplomatic expulsions began on October 27 when India detained a Pakistani visa official accused of spying, later declaring him persona non grata and sending him home.
Pakistan responded with a similar move the same day.