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Afghanistan Commits Investigation; Pakistan Says No Plan to Evacuate Diplomats after Attack

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The Afghan administration pledged to conduct a thorough investigation into the attack on the Pakistani embassy in Afghanistan on Friday, and Islamabad stated it had no plans to evacuate the diplomats in a statement from its foreign ministry.

The embassy of Pakistan in Kabul, the Afghan capital, was attacked by armed men on Friday, December 2, which according to the statement from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, was a failed attempt at the assassination of the head of mission.

The recently designated Pakistani official, Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani, is unharmed, according to the statement, but his security suffered serious injuries trying to save him.

According to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesperson cited by Reuters, Islamabad has no plans to close the embassy or evacuate its diplomats from Kabul.

Instead, Islamabad is working with the caretaker administration in Afghanistan to improve the security situation to protect Pakistani diplomats.

Parallel to the statement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan spoke to his Pakistani counterpart on the telephone about the attack on the Pakistani embassy in Kabul.

In a statement released on Friday, December 2, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Pakistani Foreign Minister had stressed the importance of maintaining effective relations with Afghanistan.

Such events cannot undermine the relations between the two countries, the statement said quoting the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, stated that special attention will be made to the security of the Pakistani embassy while also denouncing the Friday attack.

He has also assured Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, his Pakistani counterpart that the perpetrators of the attack will be brought to justice.

The authorities in Afghanistan previously handed over a person who allegedly opened fire on Pakistani forces at the Spin Boldak-Chaman border crossing, after Pakistani officials blocked the border, demanding the handover.

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