Two high commission staffers missing in Islamabad, say Indian officials

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india Updated: Jun 15, 2020 11:32 IST

Pakistan paramilitary soldiers and a police officers stand guard at a checkpoint of a restricted area to help to contain the spread of new coronavirus, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Capital administration sealed few areas of Islamabad following the decision taken on the advice of the Health Department and epidemiologists after hundreds of cases were reported from these areas. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) Pakistan paramilitary soldiers and a police officers stand guard at a checkpoint of a restricted area to help to contain the spread of new coronavirus, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Capital administration sealed few areas of Islamabad following the decision taken on the advice of the Health Department and epidemiologists after hundreds of cases were reported from these areas. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)(AP)

Two Indian high commission staffers posted in Islamabad have gone missing on Monday morning, people familiar with the developments told Hindustan Times. It is suspected that the two staffers may have been picked up by Pakistani security agencies to frame them as spies.

The Pakistani move is seen as tit-for-tat over the expulsion of two Pakistan high commission officials caught spying earlier this month.

A senior government official said the two Indian staffers posted at the Islamabad mission had stepped out for some work on Monday morning. When they did not reach their destination, high commission officials informed New Delhi and Pakistan’s foreign office.

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