Pakistan accuses India of running Islamabad 'spy ring'

Indian paramilitary soldiers and policemen engulfed in smoke watch from a distance as Kashmiri protesters throw stones and bricks at them during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.Image copyright

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Tensions have flared over a deadly militant attack and alleged Indian atrocities in Kashmir

Pakistan says it has uncovered a network of spies working from India’s mission in Islamabad.

The names and photos of eight officials accused of running an alleged espionage ring were leaked to the press.

On Wednesday, Pakistan said it was withdrawing six officials from its mission in Delhi after they were outed as suspected spies by India.

Tensions flared after 19 Indian troops were killed by Kashmir militants in September. Pakistan denied any link.

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India has detained Pakistanis it accuses of spying

“We are disappointed that India has not only been found involved in promoting terrorist activities and terror financing… but India has also been using its diplomatic mission for its nefarious designs,” said a statement from Pakistan’s foreign ministry.

It is not clear if India will withdraw the eight officials named or whether Pakistan might expel them.

“We completely reject baseless and unsubstantiated allegations made by Pakistan against certain officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad,” Indian foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters.

He said the Indian officials had been falsely implicated and had been working on “economic contacts between the two countries”.

Both sides have accused each other in recent weeks of violating a 2003 ceasefire in disputed Kashmir, the source of two of their three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

At least 24 people, most of them civilians, had been killed in cross-border firing since Friday, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

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The brother of Indian woman Rajinder Kaur mourns after she is killed by Pakistani shelling

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People in Pakistan have been marching in support of Kashmiris under Indian rule

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