Pakistan releases Indian embassy staff arrested for alleged coup

Pakistan releases Indian embassy staff arrested for alleged coup

According to Pakistani sources familiar with the matter, the staff members rushed to meet an injured pedestrian and then tried to leave.

A first police report obtained by CNN said the two men had been arrested for “reckless and outrageous driving”.

Sources said the two were employees of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, not diplomats. The source added that the two men were released following a “special request from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry” and were handed over to a senior Indian High Commission official because they are still subject to diplomatic immunity.

India was called The Pakistani envoy to New Delhi to protest the arrests, both men were released later Monday.
According to of Pakistan, the men were arrested when a pedestrian was hit by a BMW on Embassy Road at 8 p.m. on Monday. They tried to leave, but the car was stopped by a huge crowd, who handed the men over to the police.

After their arrest, police discovered that the men had diplomatic immunity.

Increasing tensions

The incident comes at a time of tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Last month, India expelled two Pakistani diplomats accused of spying and conducting “anti-Indian activities”. Islamabad denounced the move and the “false and baseless allegations” and claimed that the two employees had been “tortured”.
The border dispute between India and China turns into a total war in the media

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the decision to declare the two men non grata was accompanied by a negatively planned and orchestrated media campaign, which is part of persistent anti-Pakistani propaganda.

He said the Indian envoy had been summoned and issued his own decree, condemning the “unfounded Indian allegations”.

Diplomacy between India and Pakistan is common, especially when tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir are high or when there are military operations or combat attacks.

In August last year, the Indian government stripped Kashmir of its autonomy and special status, prompting Pakistan to downgrade diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India.

The two countries have a long-running dispute over Kashmir for more than 70 years.

On Monday, Pakistan tried to frame the move against top officials as an attempt by India to divert attention from domestic political issues and the situation in Kashmir.

Shah Muhammed Kourshi, Pakistan’s foreign minister, on Sunday linked the issue in India’s ongoing cross-border dispute with China, accusing the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “behaving like an expanding nation”.

“It would serve the PM Modi government and the Neighborhood Policy to realize that India’s neighbors have far fewer problems than their own domestic inadequacies, failures and fascism,” he wrote on Twitter.

Sophia Saifi reported from Islamabad, James Griffiths from Hong Kong. CNN’s Adeel Raja, Vedika Sud and Helen Regan contributed to the report.

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