India to withdraw eight diplomats from Pakistan

MEA said the diplomats had been "completely compromised" after their names and pictures were put in the public domain.

By: Reuters | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2016 7:18 pm
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India said on Wednesday it would withdraw eight of its diplomats from Pakistan after they were identified in local media reports, in a further deterioration in ties with the neighbour nation. “They have put in the public domain eight names and six of these people went today. We will eventually withdraw all eight,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesman at the Ministry of External Affairs.

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He said the diplomats had been “completely compromised” after their names and pictures were put in the public domain. Earlier, Pakistani media reported that Islamabad may expel as many as five Indian diplomats suspected of spying.

As many as six officials in the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi also returned home Wednesday amidst growing tension between the two countries after a Pakistani Mission staffer was caught in an espionage ring and expelled. There was no official confirmation on the number of diplomats leaving India.

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    arc
    Nov 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm
    None of the three above commenting. On my comment could give one iota of logic. Calling any critic a is your only response. No wonder you are Chaddis.
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      arc
      Nov 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm
      The great butcherji's Great stan policy. Now we are admitting our guys were spies. Our s only know the name Chanakya but that's all.
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        Raj
        Nov 3, 2016 at 10:58 am
        Sorry, but David's a Christian name. Being a monotheist who adheres to the Laws of Abraham, you do not even know the ABCs of your mythology.
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          Raj
          Nov 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm
          Why even have an emby, that country humiliates you at public forums, threatens you with nukes at every conversation, wants to change the consution - just wants and wants and wants from you. What does it have to offer in return? Agree not to terrorize? Give me a break. There is no trade, no nothing? Why even have relations of any kind, let alone diplomatic! It is an oxymoron (where relations and enmity are concerned).
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            avi
            Nov 2, 2016 at 9:03 pm
            Shut down the embies, who wants to deal with Porki rouges ! Even shut PIA they may be spying too.
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              lafanga
              Nov 2, 2016 at 3:44 pm
              The stani diplomat who was sent home gave a statement in stan that he was picked up by Indian police and taken to a police station and that he was tortured and threatened to read a statement naming four other stani members of the emby. So it's India who is ratcheting up the tension out of frustration. Revealing the names like this is very undiplomatic by India but what better can be expected of this Indian govt. They are keen on starting a war in the region.
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                lafanga
                Nov 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                How can diplomats be "compromised"? They are supposed to be in public domain unless ofcourse they are spies in which case they will be withdrawan immediately after being known.
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                  Sriniwasan
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm
                  Terrorists,Dons,Rapists,Thugs,Bandits with a proven track record of achievements are given State Protection with the stan Army providing 24x7 security
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