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India asks Pakistan to reduce high commission staff by 50% within a week

India has taken the decision to reduce the staff strength in the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi by 50%

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(FILE PIC) Security Personals outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi | Photo: Dalip Kumar

Press Trust of India New Delhi
India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to reduce its staff in its high commission here by half within the next seven days and announced a reciprocal trimming of Indian strength in Islamabad, in a significant downgrading of diplomatic ties.

The Ministry of External Affairs said the Charge d' Affaires of Pakistan High Commission was summoned and informed about the decision which was based on instances of alleged involvement of Pakistani officials in “acts of espionage” and dealings with terrorist organisations.

In a statement, the the MEA also cited the recent abduction of two Indian officials in Islamabad and the "barbaric treatment" meted out

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First Published: Jun 23 2020 | 6:51 PM IST

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