India condemns expulsion of its High Commission staffer by Pak
Reacting strongly, India on Friday condemned Pakistan's decision to expel its High Commission staffer in Islamabad, saying the action further confirms that Pakistan continues to be in denial of its anti-India activities, including cross-border terrorism.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said no justification has been provided by Pakistan except for the "completely baseless and unsubstantiated" allegation that his activities were not in keeping with diplomatic norms.
"Government notes with regret the Government of Pakistan's decision to declare Surjeet Singh, Assistant Personnel and Welfare Officer in the High Commission of India in Islamabad, persona non grata and expel him and his family members.... The Government condemns Pakistan's step.
"It is obvious that the step is an afterthought following yesterday's apprehension of Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar in Delhi while indulging in anti-India activities. Pakistan's action further confirms that it continues to be in denial of its anti-India activities, including cross-border terrorism," Swarup said.