12:03 GMT05 July 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): In May, India detained two officials at the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi on suspicion of espionage-related activities. Following their detention, New Delhi asked Islamabad to reduce the strength of its diplomatic mission in the Indian capital by half, citing the questionable activities of Pakistani diplomats.

    Days after Pakistan decision's to reduce the Indian High Commission’s staff strength by 50 percent as a reciprocal measure towards New Delhi, 38 officials, staff and diplomats of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad left Pakistan for India on Tuesday. They returned to India via the Wagah border in Punjab.  

    At the same time, 143 officials, staff, family members and diplomats from the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi returned to Pakistan.

    The return of the diplomats follows India's decision to reduce the working capacity of the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi after two of its officials were detained on suspicion of espionage. 

    India accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, after two officials of Indian High Commission went missing in Islamabad last month. it was later revealed that police had arrested Dwimu Brahma and Paul Selvadhas for dangerous driving. They were also accused of carrying fake currency.  India's External Affairs Ministry dismissed the accusations and alleged that the Indian officials were subjected to interrogation, torture and physical assault resulting in injuries. The diplomats returned to India the following week.

     

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