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Pakistan livid over London spy bugs

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LONDON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Pakistan is angrily demanding an explanation from Britain Monday as to why its High Office in London was found to contain electronic listening devices.

British and Pakistani newspapers have alleged contractors hired by MI5's the foreign intelligence unit planted bugs in the building in 2001, the BBC said.

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Pakistani officials allege Scotland Yard may also have been involved, the report said.

"We want a response because we believe that MI5 and Scotland Yard are not satellites above the British government," foreign ministry spokesman Masood Khan said.

Islamabad also wants to know whether Home Secretary David Blunkett authorized the alleged bugging operation.

"They can determine very easily whether Blunkett has given an authorization or whether it was a rogue operation by MI5 or by Scotland Yard," Khan said.

He said leading Pakistani figures were "aghast" such an "espionage mission" would be conducted against a country with which Britain has "close and friendly" ties.

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