August 5, 2006Foreign Affairs

The Hammurabi code of diplomacy

Here we go again

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Pakistan expels an India diplomat and brings the laundry to the street. India reciprocates in kind. It turns out that the latest round started two months ago, when New Delhi had quietly expelled a Pakistani official, and Islamabad as surely as night follows day, returned the compliment.

An expulsion for an expulsion. That is the rule.


Deepak Kaul, a consular at the Indian High Commission, has confessed that he is an official of the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and not a diplomat.

The sources said Kaul took over as the RAW boss in Islamabad on September 12, 2003. He was “famous” for mix-drink parties at his residence. Kaul was not first RAW man who was designated to head the visa section, his predecessors Vipin Handa, who was here till 1999 as consular and head of the visa section, too, was a RAW official. Handa was transferred to New Delhi where he died after being stranded in the elevator of RAW headquarters in New Delhi. [The News]

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