India issues travel advisory against Pakistan

December 26th, 2008 - 10:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) India Friday issued an advisory against travel to Pakistan following the reported arrest of several Indians in the country and being charged with terrorism.”There have been reports in the Pakistani media that several Indian nationals have been arrested over the last two days in Lahore and Multan, and are being accused of being terrorists,” an external affairs ministry spokesman said.

“Since it has also been reported in the Pakistani media yesterday (Thursday) that the senior police officer in Lahore was unaware of the arrest in his city, it seems that this is the work of other agencies in Pakistan that operate outside the law and civilian control.

“Indian citizens are therefore advised that it would be unsafe for them to travel or be in Pakistan,” the spokesman added.

Tensions between the two countries have heightened since the Nov 26-29 Mumbai carnage that claimed more than 170 lives and that India has blamed on Pakistani terrorists.

On Thursday, the Pakistani interior minister said an Indian “spy” had been arrested in Lahore and had confessed to planting a bomb that went off in the city Wednesday, claiming the life of a woman.

The ministry also said the arrested man had disclosed the name of three other Indian “spies” and that efforts were on to arrest them.

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