Two Indian High Commission officials ‘arrested’ in Pakistan released

Islamabad: Two officials of of the Indian High Commission who were reportedly arrested in Islamabad have been released Monday evening, hours after India summoned Pakistan’s Acting High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah and issued a demarche demanding the return of two officials. The two officials had been missing since Monday morning.

Pakistan TV channel Geo News had claimed in a report that Islamabad Police had arrested two Indian High Commission officials for allegedly attempting to flee after their vehicle hit a pedestrian.

Sources said the demarche — a protest lodged through diplomatic channels —“to the Pakistan CDA (charge d’affaires) made clear that there should be no interrogation or harassment of the Indian officials”.“Responsibility for the safety and security of the diplomatic personnel lay squarely with the Pakistani authorities. The Pakistan side was asked to return the two officials along with the official car to the High Commission immediately,” sources said.

In its report, Geo News cited eyewitness accounts to claim that “a BMW car hit a pedestrian who was walking on the embassy road at around 8 am and attempted to flee”.

The report claimed that while “the pedestrian was critically injured and shifted to a hospital…the car was stopped by a huge crowd of people who handed over the two men to Islamabad Police”.

The latest incident comes 10 days after reports emerged of ISI personnel chasing a vehicle in which India’s Acting High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia was travelling in Islamabad.

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