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Pakistan tells Indian journalists to leave within a week

Published on May 15, 2014 1:46 AM

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - Pakistan has told both Indian journalists stationed in Islamabad to leave within a week, the two said on Wednesday, and New Delhi criticised this as a retrograde step that would weigh on confidence-building measures between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Tensions are simmering between Pakistan's powerful military and a civilian government that appears dovish towards neighbouring India, where Hindu nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi appears set to win a general election.

Late on Tuesday night, Snehesh Alex Philip of The Press Trust of India and Meena Menon of The Hindu received letters telling them that their visas would not be renewed, the journalists told Reuters on Wednesday.

They said no reason was given. Both had been in Pakistan for less than a year.

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