Pakistan’s head of mission in Kabul survives assassination bid


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Head of Mission to Kabul, Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani has survived an assassination bid, the Ministry of Overseas Affairs (MOFA) confirmed.

In a press release, the Ministry stated the Embassy’s compound in Kabul got here below assault on Friday focusing on the pinnacle of mission, however “by the grace of Allah Almighty, the head of mission is safe”, Geo News reported.

Nonetheless, a Pakistani safety guard Israr Mohammad has been critically injured within the assault whereas defending Nizamani, the
Overseas Workplace stated.

It stated that Pakistan’s authorities strongly condemns the assassination try and assault on the embassy demanding the Afghan authorities conduct a direct investigation into the incident, Geo News reported.

“The interim government of Afghanistan must immediately hold thorough investigations into 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 Workplace added.

Whereas saving the pinnacle of mission in the course of the assault, in keeping with Geo News, the safety guard sustained three bullets in his chest and was later shifted to a medical facility.

Sources stated that the assault passed off whereas the Nizamani was on a stroll.

When the incident occurred, there was no exercise within the Pakistani Embassy as a consequence of weekly off. The top of mission and different officers are being known as again to Pakistan briefly, the sources stated.

In response to a media question, MOFA Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated there are not any plans to shut the embassy or withdraw diplomats from Kabul.

The spokesperson stated Pakistan is in touch with the Afghan authorities and enhanced safety measures are being taken to guard Pakistani diplomatic personnel and missions in Afghanistan.

Later within the day, Pakistan summoned Afghan Cost d’Affaires Sardar Muhammad Shokaib to convey its deep concern and anguish over the assault on Ambassador Nizamani, the Overseas Workplace stated.

The assertion additional added that the extra secretary for Afghanistan and West Asia conveyed Pakistan’s grave concern over the intense incident by which the pinnacle of mission remained unharmed, Geo News reported.

The Afghan official was knowledgeable that it was his nation’s accountability to make sure that Pakistan’s diplomatic missions and personnel stay protected, the Overseas Workplace stated.

“…this incident was an extremely serious security lapse,” Pakistani officers advised Shokaib.

They demanded all vital steps be taken to make sure the safety of the diplomatic premises, officers, and employees working in Pakistan’s mission in Kabul and Consulates in Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif.

Calling the assault “highly unfortunate”, the Afghan Cost d’Affaires stated that the assault was perpetrated by the frequent enemies of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Overseas Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari obtained a name from his Afghan counterpart Amir Khan Muttaqi within the wake of the
assault, with the latter strongly condemning the incident, Geo News reported.

Reiterating Afghanistan’s agency resolve to fight terrorism, Muttaqi assured the Overseas Minister that the Taliba-led Afghan authorities would swiftly carry the perpetrators to justice.

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