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Pakistan Grants Consular Access to Indian Spies Arrested in Gilgit-Baltistan

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Pakistan Grants Consular Access to Indian Spies Arrested in Gilgit-Baltistan

In a significant development, Pakistan has extended consular access to India for two Indian nationals apprehended on charges of espionage in Gilgit-Baltistan. According to reliable sources, the consular meeting occurred on Monday, shedding light on the ongoing diplomatic engagement between the two neighboring countries.

The individuals in question, identified as Noor Mohammad Wani and Feroze Ahmed Lone, were taken into custody in June 2020. Hailing from Achora village in the Gurez tehsil of Bandipur district, they were alleged to be involved in espionage activities targeting Pakistan’s security apparatus.

Feroze Ahmed Lone, during interrogation, revealed the intricate details of their involvement in espionage. He recounted his acquaintance with Noor Mohammad Wani in 2014, facilitated through a third party named Rauf. Subsequently, Rauf purportedly facilitated their interaction with Indian intelligence officials.

Lone disclosed that they were instructed by Indian intelligence operatives to infiltrate across the Line of Control (LoC) by feigning a search for lost cattle. Their mission involved gaining the trust of Pakistani security forces, clandestinely monitoring their activities, and disseminating sensitive information through encrypted communication channels like WhatsApp.

The granting of consular access underscores Pakistan’s adherence to international norms and diplomatic protocols despite the gravity of the charges against the detained individuals. The development signals a continuation of diplomatic dialogue between Pakistan and India, albeit within the framework of legal proceedings and national security imperatives.

As the investigation into the espionage case progresses, both countries are expected to engage in further discussions to address bilateral concerns and ensure regional stability. Meanwhile, the detained individuals await due legal process as part of Pakistan’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding national security interests.

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