Nepal expels embassy employee

25 Aug 2003


KATHMANDU, Aug 24: Nepal has ordered the expulsion of an employee of the Pakistani embassy in Kathmandu on charges he used counterfeit Indian currency, officials said Sunday.

Mohammad Masood, a non-diplomat Pakistani employed at the embassy, was arrested last week after he allegedly tried to pay a restaurant bill with fake money.

Police searched him and found 45,000 Indian rupees believed to be counterfeit, a foreign ministry official told AFP.

Police handed over Masood to the embassy after the intervention of Pakistani Ambassador Zamir Akram, who was summoned to the foreign ministry Saturday and told that Masood had 72 hours to leave the kingdom.—AFP