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‘Reacted with Restraint’ to Avoid Escalation of Tensions with India: Pakistan on Expulsion of 2 Officials

Pakistan on Thursday said it has “reacted with restraint” to avoid escalation of tensions with India in the wake of expulsion of its two officials by New Delhi on charges of spying.

India on Sunday declared two officials of the Pakistan High Commission as ‘persona non grata’ on charges of espionage and ordered them to leave the country within 24 hours.

The two officials, Abid Hussain and Muhammad Tahir, were caught by Delhi Police while they were obtaining sensitive documents relating to India’s security installations from an Indian national in exchange of money, official sources in New Delhi said.

At the weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said, “Pakistan has no desire to escalate the situation, we have reacted with restraint. However, violations of diplomatic norms and India’s continued belligerent attitude is a threat to regional peace and security.”

Farooqui reiterated that the charges against the two Pakistani officials were “false” and “unsubstantiated”.

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