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Attack on Pakistan Embassy in Afghan Capital Spurs Reactions

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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).

Global reactions followed the armed assault on the Pakistani embassy in the Afghan capital, which the Prime Minister of Pakistan described as an assassination attempt on the ambassador’s life.

The attack on the Pakistani embassy in Kabul was deemed a terrorist attack and strongly denounced by the United Nations Security Council members on Friday.

The members of the Security Council stated that all parties demand the security of diplomatic premises, consulates, and foreign personnel of UN member states.

The fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises was emphasized, along with the receiving states’ obligations under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to take all necessary measures to ensure diplomatic and consular premises, according to a statement from the council members.

The statement further stressed the “need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.”

The incident that occurred at the Pakistani embassy in Kabul on Friday, December 2, was referred to by the prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, as an “assassination attempt” on the head of the mission and resulted in the wounding of a security guard.

Ned Price, a spokesman for the US Department of State, also denounced the attack on the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, which was primarily directed at Ubaid-ur-Rahman Nizamani, the mission’s charge d’affaires.

The attack on this foreign diplomatic facility in Afghanistan, Price continued, has extremely alarmed the US, and a comprehensive and transparent investigation is demanded.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), too, condemned the attack on the Pakistani embassy in Kabul in the strongest terms. UNAMA further stated that diplomatic missions need to be inviolable and immune under international law.

Also tweeting about the attack on the Pakistani mission, the Turkish Embassy in Afghanistan expressed grief and vehement condemnation.

A day after the attack on this country’s embassy in Kabul, Mohammad Sadiq Khan, the special envoy of the Pakistani prime minister, urged that the protection and security of his home country’s embassy be stepped up.

“Our top most priority is the security of members of our mission. First and foremost, the Afghan Interim Government will need to beef up the security of our Embassy and its personnel,” Mohammad Sadiq noted.

Ubaid-ur-Rahman Nizamani, Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul, was declared to have escaped an armed attack by the country’s foreign ministry hours after this incident.

The incumbent Afghan government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced the attack and stated that it will not stand by while people jeopardized the security of diplomatic premises.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi spoke on the phone regarding the attack on Friday.

Muttaqi pledged during the telephone conversation that the security of the Pakistani embassy will receive special attention, and he will make every attempt to track down and bring to justice the culprits.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan also stated that Islamabad did not have any plans on closing down the embassy or evacuating diplomats from Afghanistan.

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