New Delhi: After the recent abduction and torture of two high commission staffers, India asked the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to reduce staff by 50%. This decision is to be implemented within seven days.
The ‘Charge d’ Affaires’ was summoned by the ministry of external affairs and informed that India had repeatedly expressed concern about the activities of officials of his High Commission. “They have been engaged in acts of espionage and maintained dealings with terrorist organizations” stated the release adding that the activities of the two officials caught red-handed and then expelled on 31 May 2020 was one example.
The release added, “The recent abduction at gunpoint of two Indian officials and their severe ill-treatment underlines the extent to which Pakistan has gone in that direction.” These officials who have returned to India on June 22 then provided graphic details of the barbaric treatment that they experienced at the hands of Pakistani agencies.
Two staffers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were abducted by Pakistani security agencies on June 15 and were taken to an unknown destination for interrogation. They were blindfolded and handcuffed by 15 to 16 armed persons and were interrogated for over 12 hours.
As per reports, the abducted staffers were thrashed, beaten with rods, punched, forced to drink filthy water, and were pressured to confess about their involvement in an alleged hit-and-run case.
The behavior of Pakistan and its officials are not in conformity with the Vienna Convention and bilateral agreements on the treatment of diplomatic and consular officials. “On the contrary, it is an intrinsic element of a larger policy of supporting cross-border violence and terrorism,” the press note added.