According to sources in Pakistan familiar with the matter, the employees were speeding, clashed with a wounded infantry, and then tried to escape.
A first police media report obtained by CNN stated that the two men were arrested on the basis of “reckless driving and rashes.”
The sources pointed out that the two were employees of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and not diplomats. The source added that the two men were released upon “a special request from the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs” and were handed over to a senior official of the Indian High Commission because they are still under diplomatic immunity.
After their arrest, the police discovered the men had diplomatic immunity.
The accident comes at a time of great tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that the decision to declare the two uninvited persons “was accompanied by a negative, pre-planned, and coordinated media campaign, which is part of the continuing propaganda against Pakistan.”
She said that the Indian envoy summoned and issued his own rally in which he condemned the “baseless Indian allegations.”
Mutual expulsion of diplomats between India and Pakistan is common, especially when tensions over the disputed Kashmir region are high, or when there are military operations or militant attacks.
In August last year, the Indian government stripped Kashmir of its independence and special status, prompting Pakistan to reduce the level of diplomatic ties and suspend bilateral trade with India.
The two countries have been locked in a long-running dispute over Kashmir for more than 70 years.
Pakistan on Monday sought to frame the move against High Commission officials as an attempt by India to divert attention from domestic political issues and the situation in Kashmir.
He wrote on Twitter: “It would serve Prime Minister Moody’s government and the” neighborhood first “policy well to realize that India’s neighbors pose a much less problem than their local failings, failures, and fascism.
James Griffiths from Hong Kong reported that Sophia Saifi mentioned from Islamabad. Adele Raja, Vedika Sud and Helen Reagan have contributed to CNN’s reporting.