India said it has stepped up security for the Pakistani High Commissioner to the country after he received an email threatening him, officials said on Monday.
A Pakistan High Commission official in New Delhi said the email, received about 10 days ago, threatened the envoy, Shahid Malik, would be killed if he did not immediately leave India.
"We told Indian authorities and our High Commissioner's security has been increased," Shah Zaman Khan, the high commission's press minister, told Reuters. "Whether it was prank or whatever, the matter had to be reported."
An Indian government official said security for Malik had been raised and, though the email seemed like a "mischief", it was nevertheless being investigated.
Tensions between the two countries have risen since the November attacks in Mumbai that killed 179 people, and which India accuses Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group of the attacks.
The lengthy email, written in English, was sent on behalf of a group calling itself the All-India Anti-Terrorism Group.
"If the threat is taken lightly, it is 200 percent sure the envoy will be killed," the letter said.
Islamabad rejects accusations of any state involvement in the attacks, saying it would look at the information if India had provided.
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