Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Subcontinent

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Subcontinent

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Pakistan Peeved at UK Spy Scandal

Pakistan sharply criticized the British government on Nov. 10 for failing to provide adequate information about a reported spy operation at its high commission in London by the British MI-5 intelligence agency, the Gulf News reported. "There is a lot of consternation and anger about it in Pakistan," Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan said during a press briefing. People in Pakistan, he added, were surprised to discover that an espionage operation was undertaken by an ally. "We hope the British government will cooperate with us," he said. "The ball is in their court. They must tell us what happened." Khan also said that Pakistan had asked the British government whether it had authorized the operation, or if it was an act that was carried out independently by the MI-5 and Scotland Yard. The alleged operation is a violation of the Geneva Convention, he continued. On Nov. 9, London's Sunday Times reported that the MI-5 had bungled a spy operation at the London embassy of one of its allies in the war on terrorism through a contractor renovating the mission's building. A construction worker had volunteered to bug the offices for MI5, The Times reported, then arranged for agents to have unrestricted access to the embassy. …

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