Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul comes under attack

PM Shehbaz and FM Bilawal condemn incident

ISLAMABAD/KABUL: Pakistan’s chargé d’affaires Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizamani survived an attack on Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul on Friday.

According to sources, Nizamani’s guard got critically injured during the attack which took place in the Kart-e-Parwan area of the Afghan capital where the embassy is located.

According to the foreign office statement, the compound of the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul came under attack today targeting the Head of Mission, Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani.

“By the grace of Allah Almighty, the Head of Mission is safe. However, a Pakistani security guard Sepoy Israr Mohammad has been critically injured in the attack while protecting the Head of Mission,” it said.

“The Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the assassination attempt against the Head of Mission and the attack against the embassy compound in Kabul. The Interim Government of Afghanistan must immediately hold thorough investigations in this attack, apprehend the culprits, hold them to account, and take urgent measures to ensure the safety and security of Pakistani diplomatic personnel and citizens in Afghanistan,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday said he condemned an attack on Pakistan’s head of mission in Kabul, calling it a “dastardly assassination attempt.”

In his tweet, PM Shehbaz demanded an immediate investigation into the incident and lauded the bravery of a security guard who he said “took (a) bullet” to save the life of the head of mission.

“We condemn this in the strongest possible terms. The safety and security of our diplomats are of fundamental importance,” Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said.

“We salute the bravery of Sepoy Israr and pray for his swift recovery.” he said.

The Afghan foreign ministry also condemned the incident. Taliban foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi issued a statement saying that security institutions would “seriously investigate” the incident and identity the perpetrators to punish them.

The statement said that the Afghan government would not allow some “vested interest elements” to threaten the security of officials of diplomatic missions.

Nizamani took charge of his position on November 4.

The attack comes following Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar’s visit to Kabul where she held meetings with Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi, Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi, Minister for Mines and Petroleum Shahabuddin Delawar, and Commerce Minister of the Afghan Interim Government, Haji Nooruddin Azizi.

During these meetings, a range of bilateral issues of common interest including cooperation in education, health, agriculture, trade and investment, regional connectivity, people-to-people contacts and socioeconomic projects were discussed.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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