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Tuesday, June 16 2020


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Indian embassy ki ajab kahani

The TLDR: Two members of the Indian embassy in Islamabad went ‘missing’ on Monday. They have now been “returned,” having spent some time in Pakistani custody. Both countries disagree vehemently over the reason for their arrest—escalating an ongoing diplomatic row that started last month.

 

Who are these two people?

The two Indian officials are Paul Selvadhas and Dwimu Brahma. Times of India calls them “non-diplomatic staff.” The Hindu identifies them as drivers.

 

What happened to them?

Ah, that depends on who you ask. The Pakistani version has two variations.

 

The ‘bad driver’ story: According to the Pakistani media, the two staff members were arrested after their vehicle hit a pedestrian:

 

“[A] BMW car hit a pedestrian who was walking on the embassy road at around 8 am and attempted to flee… [T]he pedestrian was critically injured and shifted to a hospital…the car was stopped by a huge crowd of people who handed over the two men to Islamabad Police.”

 

The fake currency twist: Pakistani officials claim that the men were carrying Rs 10,000 in fake notes.

 

What do our officials say?

Indian sources strongly deny the claim, and say ‘fake note’ tamasha is a trumped up charge. And it will be used to kick the two men out of the country. They also point to a recent escalation in attempts to intimidate and bully Indian diplomatic staff. Example: Ten days ago, ISI personnel allegedly chased a vehicle carrying India’s Acting High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia.

 

Also: the two staff members were abducted, interrogated and even had “injury marks” on their body. Of course, these could have been inflicted by that angry mob, if you’re going with the Pakistani version.

 

And why would the Pakistanis do this?

 

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