Pakistan detains 2 Indian high commission staff members for hit-and-run case in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD, June 15 (Xinhua) — Police on Monday detained two staff members of the High Commission of India in Islamabad for injuring a pedestrian in a road accident here, local media and sources said.

The staff members were trying to flee after hitting the pedestrian when people gathered around their car to stop them. In the meantime, police reached at the incident site and detained the two staffers, local media quoted eye witnesses as saying.

Sources from the intelligence agencies told Xinhua that the two staffers were in Pakistan in the non-diplomatic category, and have been working in the country since 2017.

They also said that reckless driving on the part of the staffer, who was driving the car, was the cause of the accident.

The injured man, who got hit while walking on the footpath, has been shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Police shifted the staffers to Pakistan secretariat police station for further investigation where two senior officers of the Indian high commission also reached to handle the matter, the sources added.

Local media later quoted a statement by Islamabad police as saying that the arrested people have been released.

Tension runs high among the diplomatic circles of the both countries after India expelled two staffers of Pakistani high commission on the charges of espionage in May.

Pakistani foreign office termed Indian allegations as baseless, calling the Indian action a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Enditem

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