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ISLAMABAD: At least three Indian diplomats out of the eight which Islamabad had accused of espionage and terrorism in the country were deported to India early on Tuesday.

Anurag Singh, Vijay Kumar Verma and Madhavan Nanda Kumar were sent back to India at 9 am on flight EK-316, as tension mounted between the nuclear-armed rivals following days of artillery duels and skirmishes on the border dividing the disputed Kashmir region.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry had said six Indian embassy staff worked for India’s Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) intelligence agency, while two were operatives for the Intelligence Bureau agency.

The foreign ministry statement had also given an eight-point list of the diplomats’ espionage activities.

It accused them of fuelling instability in Sindh and Balochistan, as well as sabotaging its most vital economic project, the $46-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), involving transport and energy infrastructure projects to link China with Pakistan’s coast on the Arabian Sea.

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