After strong demarche by India, Pakistan frees two Indian High Commission staffers in Islamabad

Two Indian High Commission officials in Pakistan who went missing and were reportedly arrested on Monday (June 15), were released by Pakistan authorities and returned to Indian mission at Islamabad, ANI sources claimed.

Barely a few hours back, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had summoned Pakistan’s Charge d’affaires to India Syed Hyder in the national capital and made a strong demarche stating that its the responsibility of the Pakistan government to ensure the safety and security of Indian officials stationed there.

The sources said the demarche made it clear that there should be no interrogation or harassment of the Indian officials and the responsibility for the safety and security of the concerned diplomatic personnel lay squarely with the Pakistani authorities. Pakistan was asked to return the two officials along with the official car to the High Commission immediately.

Nearly eight hours after the two Indian High Commission staffers went missing, Pakistani media reported that the two officials were arrested for their alleged involvement in a ‘hit and run accident’.

It is learnt that both the Indian High Commission staffers were CISF drivers and they went missing at around 8:30 am while they were out on duty in Islamabad.

The development comes a few days after India had expelled two Pakistani High Commission officials in Delhi after they were caught red-handed for spying against India. The two Pakistani officials worked in the visa section of the High Commission in New Delhi.