NEW DELHI: India on Sunday declared two officials from Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi as persona-non-grata after they were caught spying by police officials in the capital.
The suspects have been identified as Tahir Khan and Abid Hussain and were working as visa assistant at the High Commission in Chankyapuri The two were held while meeting their contact in Delhi during which they tried to extract information regarding Indian Army and Railways .
“He was actively pursuing officers and middle run employees luring with money and in some cases honey trap them using social media accounts.
Personal social media accounts of government officials in India were monitored closely,” said a senior police official.Another modus operandi that was being used by the duo was to contact persons willing to travel to Pakistan and help them facilitate with the visa.
In 2016, police busted a spy racket run by one Akhtar Mahmood, a Pakistani national who worked in the visa section of the High Commission in New Delhi.Later during the day, MEA in a statement said, "Pakistan’s Charge de Affaires was issued a demarche in which a strong protest was lodged with regard to the activities of these officials of the High Commission of Pakistan against India’s national security.