India expels four Pakistani diplomats

Published January 23rd, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

India's foreign ministry has ordered four Pakistani High Commission staff members to leave the country, accusing them of undiplomatic behavior.  


The ministry accused the diplomats Wednesday of "indulging in activities incompatible with their diplomatic status" and told the acting Pakistani high commissioner in New Delhi that he had 48 hours to send them back to Islamabad.  


At least two of the four diplomats are high-level staff. AFP reported that those given their marching orders were senior Pakistani diplomat Mansoor Saeed Sheikh, First Secretary Mian Mohammad Esif and two embassy staffers. 


Indian government spokesman Navtej Sarna declined to provide a reason for the expulsions but said all four had been declared persona non-grata. 


"This is on the basis of the fact that we have evidence that they were indulging in activities incompatible with their official status," he said. 


Meanwhile, Indian newspapers quoted government sources as saying the four had been caught "handing over and receiving documents" as well as transferring funds to people for "carrying out activities beyond their job profile". 


According to CNN, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan said the diplomatic ouster is part of a pattern of action against Pakistan by India. (  



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