Pakistan has protested the expulsion of two embassy officials in India, accusing them of spying.
India’s Foreign Ministry said that the two officials were arrested on May 30 for “engaging in espionage activities” and were given 24 hours to leave the country.
Pakistan on June 1 summoned Indian lawyers in Islamabad, saying the accusations were “without merit.”
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said India’s decision was a “clear violation” of “diplomatic norms.”
Pakistan also summoned its ambassador from New Delhi and sent back Indian envoys.
The dispute came amid rising tensions between two nuclear-armed rivals over the disputed Himalayan region in Kashmir.
Hindu-majority Pakistan and Hindu-led India have fought twice to rule Kashmir.
Officials in Indian-run Kashmir said on June 1 that three people were killed after a shootout near the de facto border known as the Control Line (LoC).
India accuses Pakistan of funding militant groups fighting Indian troops, a claim Islamabad denies.
Based on reporting by AFP and dpa
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