Spying case: RAW officer in Pak summoned to Delhi

The Station In-charge of RAW in Pakistan has been asked to report here for questioning in the woman spying case on Thursday. The RAW officer, R.K Sharma, is an IPS officer of Assam cadre.

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 19:05 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Station In-charge of RAW in Pakistan has been asked to report here for questioning in the woman spying case on Thursday.
The RAW officer, R.K Sharma, is an IPS officer of Assam cadre.

The spying case also figured in Parliament also and in the Lok Sabha, an SP member said that India should make its secret
service effective in countries where it has diplomatic
missions.

"In all those countries where India has a diplomatic
establishment, our secret service should be made very
efficient and effective," Shailendra Kumar said during Zero
Hour.

Kumar congratulated the secret service for the arrest of
53-year-old Madhuri Gupta, Second Secretary in the Indian High
Commission in Islamabad.

Defence Minister A K Antony also
said the ministry concerned will look into aspects of
espionage allegedly involving an MEA official in Islamabad.

Asked whether the Defence Ministry will conduct a probe
into the incident, he said, "Government of India is one
government. The concerned ministry will look into all aspects
of espionage in Pakistan. My colleague is answering there (in
Parliament)."

"When Parliament is in session, these things... my
colleague will answer it," Antony told reporters here.

However, there are reports that Madhuri Gupta, the
53-year-old second secretary arrested on charges of spying for
Pakistan, may have embraced Islam about six years ago.

Gupta, who was posted at the Indian High Commission
in Islamabad was perhaps a Shia Muslim, according to a media
report.

"She was really inspired by the teachings of Islam
but was scared to announce her new faith," reads a report in
the Post.

"Her kin has very close relations with a well-known
Muslim family of Ashiq Hussain Jafri in Lucknow?.

Ms Gupta spent her early life in Lucknow with Jafri`s
family where she enthused (sic) Islamic values," the Post
quoted a source as saying.

Gupta was spotted in the month of Ramzan by a local
journalist wearing a bangle and rings which usually members of
the Shia sect wear.

"I am fasting and I have great respect for Islam,"
she told the journalist.