A staffer of a Pakistan High commission, who was detained by police for alleged possession of a sensitive documents and was immediately declared persona non-grata, has been asked to leave India within 48 hours.
Crime branch in Delhi arrest Akhtar and two others after he found in possession of defence documents while the other two were arrested on espionage charges. However, Basit strongly protested with Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar over the detention and manhandling of the staffer and said that it is a clear violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention. Vikas Swarup denied Pakistan’s allegations and said Mehmood Akhtar was treated with courtesy.
Basit also told the Indian Government to ensure that such harassment don’t happen in the future.
Shortly after Delhi Police’s disclosure, foreign secretary S Jaishakar summoned Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit to his office and conveyed to him that Akhtar has been declared persona non-grata for espionage activities.