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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First Published on: November 2, 2016 8:05 pm
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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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                    Himanshu Chaudhary
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                    Hahaha. Had a good laugh reading this. U have a good imagination. How abt working in Bollywood? Sorry my bad, forgot ur banned :D
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                      Himanshu Chaudhary
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                      Not bright enough to understand diplomacy, eh? They are not being recalled cz dey are spies but cz their ideny has been compromised which threatens their security.
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                        JaiHindustan
                        Nov 3, 2016 at 12:45 am
                        u are bringing in wrong kinds of immigrants, u should bring in europeans not s
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                          Pork Kabab
                          Nov 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm
                          Katuwaas are taking order from Porkies.
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                            Pork Kabab
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm
                            Katuwwas are anti-national. India has an unwritten policy not to have more than 2% aws in army.
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                              Lalu
                              Nov 2, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                              Every country has an army to protect. However, in stan it is the army that has a country to loot and thrive.
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                                Mail Me
                                Nov 2, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                                Downgrade relationship to bare minimum. What we have to take from terror beggar state?
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                                  Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                  Nov 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm
                                  Modi cannot win the election without turning every Indian into a hate mongerlt;br/gt;and lunatic.
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                                    David
                                    Nov 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm
                                    In stani Law four women are equal to one man.
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                                      David
                                      Nov 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm
                                      stan is a sinking he-ll. People di-e there 24/7.
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                                        David
                                        Nov 2, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                                        You taqia disguise. ..as if you care about India
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                                          rogeram
                                          Nov 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm
                                          You Indians are blinded by hate fact...you hate dalits/muslims/christians and above all anyone telling the truth. Sums it up really.
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                                            Avik Ray
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm
                                            Because they can be targeted by anyone in that country. It's stan!!
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