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Pakistan seeks inquiry into bugging of London Embassy

IRNA

London, Nov 6, IRNA -- Pakistan was reported Thursday to have asked 
the UK Government for an inquiry into reports that its High 
Commission in London was bugged by British intelligence services in 
2001. 
According to the Times newspaper, Pakistan is insisting on a 
categorical assurance from the highest level of the British 
Government that it did not authorise any activity at its embassy 
which is inconsistent with the Vienna Convention. 
The assurance follows reports in the Sunday Times that Britain`s 
MI5 security service had fitted bugging devices in an unnamed embassy 
in London under the cover of construction work, more than two years 
ago. 
The BBC also said that the British High Commissioner in Islamabad, 
Mark Lyall Grant, was summoned to the Pakistani foreign ministry on 
Tuesday and asked to explain reports that its High Commission in 
London had been bugged. 
It also reported that the issue had been raised by Pakistan`s 
Foreign Minister Kurshid Kasuri in a meeting in London with his 
British counterpart Jack Straw earlier this week. 
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