Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s authorities has “categorically rejected” Indian assertions that two Indian diplomats had been “forcibly kidnapped” within the Pakistani capital earlier this week, saying the lads had been concerned in a hit-and-run visitors accident and had been returned to Indian custody after authorized formalities had been accomplished.
In an announcement launched late on Tuesday, Pakistan’s International Workplace stated the 2 males “had been over-speeding and crashed their automobile right into a pedestrian on [Monday]”.
“The pedestrian was significantly injured and brought to the hospital for remedy,” stated the assertion. “The officers tried to flee from the scene; nevertheless, some passersby who witnessed the incident stopped them from fleeing and knowledgeable the police.”
The boys, named by Pakistan as Dwimu Brahma and Selvadas Paul, had been returned to the custody of a senior Indian Excessive Fee official later the identical day, Pakistan’s International Workplace stated.
The incident is the newest in tensions between the 2 South Asian neighbours, who routinely accuse one another of harassing their diplomats.
Earlier this month, India expelled two Pakistani Excessive Fee employees stationed in New Delhi for “espionage”.
Males had been attacked, India says
India disputes Pakistan’s model of occasions, saying the lads had been attacked by unnamed “Pakistan safety businesses”, a time period typically used to discuss with the nation’s intelligence providers.
“The 2 Indian officers had been subjected to interrogation, torture and bodily assault leading to grievous accidents to them,” stated India’s Ministry of Exterior Affairs in an announcement issued on Tuesday. “They had been video-graphed and coerced to simply accept a litany of fictitious allegations and concocted fees.”
Pakistan’s cost d’affaires at its Excessive Fee in New Delhi was summoned to register India’s “sturdy protest” towards the incident.
Pakistan, nevertheless, termed the Indian assertion “a reprehensible try to distort information and deny the culpability of those officers in felony offences”. Its International Workplace stated the lads had been concerned in “unlawful actions and reckless conduct”, and that their behaviour violated the norms of the Vienna Conference on Diplomatic Relations.
Pakistan says the lads had been additionally carrying “faux foreign money” after they had been apprehended.
Police within the Pakistani capital Islamabad didn’t reply to a request by Al Jazeera for touch upon Wednesday. Earlier, police spokesman Zia Bajwa stated the police wouldn’t be issuing statements on the incident, as that was the purview of the International Workplace.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since gaining independence from the British in 1947. Relations have been significantly tense in recent times, with battle centring on the disputed area of Kashmir, which each declare in full however administer separate parts of.
On Tuesday, Pakistan’s international minister stated the nation was “carefully monitoring” escalating tensions between China – a Pakistan ally – and India alongside their disputed border in Kashmir area, after a conflict between their forces noticed at the least 20 Indian troopers killed within the Galwan Valley.
Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim.