Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson surprised by Pakistan’s act

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Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson surprised by Pakistan’s act

ISLAMABAD - Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson surprised by Pakistan’s act.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that the Centre has seen media reports that two Indian nationals, who mistakenly crossed over to Pakistan in 2016-17, have been arrested by Pakistani authorities.

Kumar said that New Delhi had informed Islamabad about these two Indian nationals named Prashant and Bari Lal but Pakistan had not given any response about their whereabouts.

"Seen reports that there were two Indian nationals who inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan sometime in 2016-17. We had informed the Pakistan officials. Since then, we did not get any response. The sudden announcement of arrest is a matter of surprise to us," said the MEA spokesperson.

Kumar expressed hope that Prashant and Lal are not used by Islamabad for any false propaganda and India will get immediate consular access to both of them.

"We hope that these two Indian nationals (Prashant & Bari Lal) are not used or they do not become victim of Pakistani propaganda. We have approached the govt of Pakistan and requested for immediate consular access," Kumar told the media.

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