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Expulsion of top diplomats again sparks tension over Kashmir
AFAR
2/9/2003

India expelled the head of the Pakistani Acting High Commissioner Jalil Abbas Jilani on Saturday, for allegedly funneling money to Kashmiri separatists. Four other diplomats were also deported.

Pakistan denied the accusations but left no room for things to slow down, and within hours, responded by doing the same. The Indian High Commissioner and four Indian diplomats, like the Pakistan officials, were given 48 hours to leave the country.

Neither of the two countries has taken responsibility and has only blamed the other for instigating the tension over Kashmir.

The expulsion of each otherís top diplomats is seen as shattering hopes of peaceful dialogue to resolve the more than 50 years of dispute over Kashmir.

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