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Pakistan refused visa extensions to Indian journalists for 'unfriendly activities'

Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 11:33am IST | Place: ISLAMABAD | Agency: ANI

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Pakistan has reportedly refused to extend visas of two Indian journalists for their alleged 'unfriendly activities' in the country. Snehesh Alex Philip of the Press Trust of India (PTI) and Meena Menon of The Hindu, based in Islamabad, were officially asked to leave the country by May 20.

According to the Express Tribune, the PTI correspondent confirmed that the Pakistani government had sent them a letter stating that their visas were only valid till May 20, 2014. Snehesh added that Pakistan gave no reason for the decision. However, a senior foreign office official said the two Indian journalists were asked to leave Pakistan after their activities were found 'incompatible to their professional mandate', the report said. He added that Pakistan was ready to issue visas to replace the 'expelled' journalists.

Meanwhile, India, in a strong reaction, termed the expulsion of the journalists as 'regrettable and unfortunate'.

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