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India to expel Pakistani diplomat for ‘espionage’

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

India is to expel a Pakistan High Commission official for “espionage activities”, the foreign ministry said, with tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours already running high.

According to Aljazeera, India’s foreign secretary, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit to inform him of the decision to expel Mehmood Akhtar, who was briefly held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Delhi police crime commissioner, Ravindra Yadav, said the official had been detained on Wednesday with defence and other documents in his possession.

The documents included information on deployment of India’s border security forces, Yadav told a press conference.