Expelled official of the Indian High Commission, Surjeet Singh, left Pakistan to return to India. Declaring Surjeet Singh persona non grata, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday had given the Indian diplomat 48 hours to leave the country. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had summoned the Indian High Commissioner earlier this week to convey the decision of the Government of Pakistan to declare Surjeet Singh as persona non grata. The decision to expel Surjeet Singh had come a few hours after India decided to expel a Pakistani high commission staff member, Mehmood Akhtar, for “espionage activities”. The Indian foreign secretary had summoned Pakistani ambassador to India Abdul Basit to inform him that a Pakistan High Commission staffer has been declared persona non grata for espionage activities.
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