India summons Pakistan High Commission charge d’affaires over abduction of two of its officials

India on Tuesday summoned Pakistan High Commission Charge d’Affaires Haider Shah and filed a strong protest over the alleged abduction of two officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad by Pakistani security agencies.

“Two officials of the Indian High Commission were forcibly abducted by Pakistani agencies on 15 June 2020 and kept in illegal custody for more than 10 hours,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement issued on Tuesday. “They were released only after strong intervention by the High Commission of India in Islamabad and the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi. The two Indian officials were subjected to interrogation, torture and physical assault resulting in grievous injuries to them.”

The ministry alleged that the unidentified Pakistani agencies videographed the officials and forced them to admit to a “litany of fictitious allegations and concocted charges”. It said that the vehicle of the Indian High Commission in which they were travelling was damaged. One of the…

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