Reuters: Diplomatic spat between India and Pakistan worsens amid border tensions
Pakistan may expel five Indian diplomats for espionage and has revealed their names, local media said on Wednesday, a move sure to exacerbate a rift between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors that has been widening for months.
Pakistan declined to comment on the matter ahead of a planned news conference on Thursday, while India said the identity of eight of its diplomats had been revealed by Pakistani media.
Vikas Swarup, spokesman of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, declined to comment when asked whether the eight diplomats stationed in Islamabad would be withdrawn.
Swarup also said six Pakistani diplomats had left the Indian capital on Wednesday but said they had not been expelled.
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WNU Editor: No surprise on this diplomatic tic-for-tat expulsions. And with border clashes now becoming a regular occurrence .... 13 civilians killed by cross-border shelling in Kashmir, say India, Pakistan (CNN) .... I expect this political rhetoric (and actions) to escalate.