Two ISI operatives, Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir, revealed that they were trying to cultivate sources in the Indian Railways and the Indian Arms Forces as directed by the Pakistan intelligence agency ISI.
The two spies who worked at the Pakistan High Commission have been expelled from India.
Two Pakistani spies, who were declared “persona non grata” by the Indian government on Sunday, crossed over to the Pakistan side via the Attari border in Punjab in the wee hours of Tuesday.
Both the ISI operatives, Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir, were expelled from the country after they were caught red-handed by the Indian intelligence agencies while trying to get documents regarding the Indian Army’s establishments in New Delhi.
“The government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours,” read a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs issued on Sunday.
Abid Hussain (Photo: Munish Pandey/India Today)
“Pakistan’s Charge de Affaires was issued a demarche in which a strong protest was lodged concerning the activities of these officials of the High Commission of Pakistan against India’s national security,” the statement further read.
Both the suspects, along with a third Pakistani national identified as Javed, have been booked under the Official Secrets Act.
Sources said that during an investigation, some classified documents have been recovered which age being examined.
Muhammad Tahir (Photo: Munish Pandey/India Today)
During the questioning, both the accused also revealed that they were trying to cultivate sources in the Indian Railways and the Indian Arms Forces as directed by the Pakistan intelligence agency ISI.
India Today has learnt that Abid was in process to lure a railway employee to acquire information about the movement of the Indian Army via trains.
Sources said that Abid Hussain used to introduce him as Gautam and brother of a journalist who was doing a story on the Indian Railways and he was ready to pay for the information.
Now, at least 12 Indian Army personnel and government officials are under the scanner after Indian expelled two Pakistan High Commission officials on charges of espionage, sources said.