Indian High commission officials released after arrested over hit-and-run

Two officials of the Indian High Commission , caught in hit-and-run incident within the federal capital, are released thanks to their diplomatic status, Islamabad Police said during a statement issued late Monday.

Islamabad police said both Indian High Commission officials were released thanks to their exemption and had been handed over within the presence of Pakistani ministry’s officials.

A case had earlier been filed against the 2 Indian officers for running over and critically injuring a person before allegedly trying to escape from the location of the accident. Both were taken into custody and a primary information report (FIR) was registered against them within the Secretariat police headquarters , with charges of negligence, reckless driving, and overspending. Police also recovered counterfeit currency worth Rs.10000,

Earlier today, Islamabad Police had arrested the 2 Indian officials for attempting to escape after running over a person and critically injuring him. Eyewitnesses explained that a BMW vehicle hit a pedestrian who was walking on the Embassy Road at around 8am and attempted to escape .

The injured pedestrian was shifted to hospital. An enormous crowd of individuals stopped the car and handed over the 2 men to Islamabad Police. After their arrest, Police came to know that they were officials of Indian Commission.

Eyewitnesses said the car was being driven irresponsibly and had gotten out of control thanks to overspending. The victim was walking on foothpath, when he was hit by a car.

Indian media claims officials ‘go missing’ Indian English daily, the days of India, featured a report earlier today, stating that two officials of the Indian High Commission “had gone missing” in Islamabad.

“The officials were out for some official work. The Indian government has haunted the matter with Pakistani authorities,” the report had said.

Last month, India declared two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi “persona non grata requiring them to go away India within 24 hours”, alleging that that they had been found guilty of espionage.

Pakistan had condemned the Indian government’s decision to expel the staff members as a part of a “persistent anti-Pakistan propaganda”.

Two staff members of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi were lifted by the Indian authorities on 31 May 2020 on false charges.

They were subsequently released after the Pakistan High Commission intervened. “We condemn the detention and torture also as threatening and pressuring of the diplomatic officials to simply accept false charges,” the ministry had said.

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