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Nine years after expulsion, Jilani gets the red carpet now - NewsX

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Published on Jul 5, 2012

Less than a decade ago, the Indian government had declared him persona non grata and given him 48 hours to leave the country. He was Pakistan's senior-most diplomat in New Delhi then. Two days ago, when Jalil Abbas Jilani arrived back in the Indian capital, this time as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, that nasty episode in India-Pakistan relations was a dim memory on the red carpet that was rolled out for him. It was in February 2003, during a particularly adversarial spell in India-Pakistan ties, that Mr. Jilani, then Chargé d'Affaires at the Pakistan High Commission, was summoned by the External Affairs Ministry here and told to pack his bags because his activities were "not in keeping with his diplomatic status." Four others in the Pakistan High Commission were expelled along with him.

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