India, Pakistan may temporarily recall their envoys: Report

The fresh slide in ties may also lead to a 'scaling down' of the strength of diplomatic staff by the two neighbours, the report said.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: November 4, 2016 7:20 pm
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Signalling a fresh slide in ties, Pakistan and India may temporarily recall their high commissioners and scale down the size of diplomatic staff in each other’s missions in the wake of the latest diplomatic spat over the spying episode, a media report said on Friday. The latest spat started last week after a staff member of Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi was detained by police for questioning over espionage charges, the Express Tribune reported.

The fresh slide in ties may also lead to a ‘scaling down’ of the strength of diplomatic staff by the two neighbours, the paper said. The tension intensified after tit-fit-tat naming of diplomatic staff for alleged spy work by both sides. Mahmood Akhtar, who was working as a visa officer at the Pakistani High Commission, was later expelled from India.

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“However, India, using a statement Delhi police extracted from Akhtar through coercive means, implicated other Pakistani staffers. The identities of at least six such officials were leaked to the media, jeopardising their security. The move prompted Pakistan to withdraw them from New Delhi,” it said.

In what appeared to be a tit-for-tat move, Pakistan on Thursday claimed that eight officials posted in India’s High Commission in Islamabad were agents of RAW and IB. The disclosure left New Delhi with no other options but to withdraw the named officials, the paper said.

An official with knowledge of latest developments said that India had breached an ‘understanding’ by revealing the identities of certain Pakistani officials posted in New Delhi, the paper said.

The official said both sides knew that certain officials worked under cover and they did so with the full official knowledge, it said.

“What India did was unthinkable,” the official added, saying the Indian move would have serious implications for the two countries.

He said the immediate fallout of this controversy could be the recalling of high commissioners by the two countries for the time being, the paper said.

The official said another implication might be ‘cutting down’ the size of diplomatic staff posted in each other’s countries till the situation normalised, it added.

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    A. KHAN
    Nov 4, 2016 at 8:57 am
    STAN HAS SPOILED OUR NAME IN THE WORLD, WE ARE BETTER TREATED IN INDIA THAN IN USA OR STAN....LAST YEAR I VISITED STAN..DIAN MUS LIMS ARE CALLED MUHAJIR'S AND NO GOVERNMENT JOB...AND WE ARE SEEN AS INFERIOR COMMUNITY..WE ARE BETTER TREATED IN INDIA.
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      arc
      Nov 4, 2016 at 9:01 am
      And that's is our stan policy? What a joke Modi has pulled on the nation.
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        avd
        Nov 4, 2016 at 9:42 am
        In the interest stan and India, Abdul Basit stan High Commission in India should have been recalled by stan Govt itself long back when Nawaz Sharif PM is so friendly with India or India should have asked him to leave India long back.He has already spoiled stan's relation with India by his anti-India activities in India by instigating Separatists in Kashmir Valley. His stay in Delhi helped ISI than stani Govt. In Past no any stan High Commissioner had done so harm to our relation with stan than what he has done so far. At Present relation between both countries has reached the point of no return.Let us hope for better relation with stan if stan Govt replaces Abdul Basit with honest person.
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          Raj
          Nov 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm
          I am sorry, missed that rather smartly phrased idea completely. You want India to conduct their cold start on China? But there is no infiltration from there, as far as I know. So, what's your point?
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            Raj
            Nov 4, 2016 at 8:51 am
            Perfect, scale things down to the bare minimum. I think there should be a precedence - run your mouth directionlessly blaming another country, experience diplomatic curbs as a result. Think very hard when running your mouth against another country, at UN or wherever! And all the best meeting Hurriyat! Have a swell in that God forsaken den of global terrorists.
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              Raj
              Nov 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm
              Sure, but seriously, it's getting super irritating. I am all for banning RSS - but you do not have to squeeze this in all the time. It's like talking to stan - you say nice day today, right? And the guy replies Kashmir. You ask him if the market is open, he replies Kashmir - so really, this is how you appear.
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                count
                Nov 4, 2016 at 8:25 am
                Kick all the s out and close down the Pak terror building for good.
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                  Sreenivasan
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 9:44 am
                  Thank you Sir, but did I not begin with "Things are unfolding faster?" Why you give 5 years to take the drive to the peak ? If it is 5 years, then what is the point in doing it ? Many thought by surgical strike we taught them a lesson. And where we stand today ? We are withdrawing from all diplomatic bonds and proceeding to ... I don't know if they have mutually decided on a date and time.
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