Pakistan asks two Indian journalists to leave
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has declined to renew visas of two Indian journalists based in Islamabad and has asked them to leave the country, Wall Street Journal reported, citing a Pakistani government official.
The two have been told they must leave the country within a week, the newspaper said.
Meena Menon of the Hindu newspaper and Snehesh Philip of Press Trust of India were informed on Thursday by the director of the External Publicity Wing of the Ministry of Information that their visas wouldn’t be renewed, the report said.
Another official of the External Publicity Wing, Altaf Hussain, would only say that a statement about the visas of the two Indian journalists would be forthcoming later from the Ministry of Interior. The Ministry of Interior couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
MK Razdan, editor-in-chief of Press Trust of India, when asked to comment by WSJ, said, “We have no confirmation as of Friday afternoon of the expulsion of the PTI reporter.”
Any senior official at the Hindu wasn’t available for comment. A representative of India’s Ministry of External Affairs also said it had no immediate comment, the paper said.