Friday, April 19, 2024

Pakistani Diplomat to Return to Kabul After Security Assurance: FO

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry announced that its diplomat ‘Ubaidur Rehman Nizamani’, who escaped unhurt in the Kabul attack, would return to Afghanistan after security assurance.

 Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a media briefing, Chargé d’affaires Nizamani was still in Pakistan and would leave once the consultation process was complete.

She described the recent visit of State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar to Kabul as “very successful that provided the opportunity to convey Pakistan’s concerns”. “We hope that the assurances given to us by the Afghan authorities will be fulfilled,” she said.

This comes as the terrorist attacks and bombings have intensified in Kabul over the past couple of weeks, the latest of which targeted the Chinese-run hotel, and the Diplomatic Mission of Pakistan in the heart of Kabul. These attacks sparked serious condemnation from world governments, NGOs, and organizations and signaled a lack of security for foreign nationals and business entities.

Meanwhile, this is the second time, shelling took place between the Afghan and Pakistani forces in Spin Boldak crossing the border over the past week, taking the lives of several civilians and injuring more from both sides. Pakistan warns of provoking firing of the Afghan Taliban security forces at the crossing point in Spin Boldak while the Taliban accuses the Pakistani military of the attacks.

As a result of the latest attacks, the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul ceased operation for an unknown period and the Chaman border remained closed on and off, causing a massive problem for civilians and the transport of goods between the two neighboring countries. The existing sour relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan can have negative consequences on both sides in different domains including trade, economy, security, cultural relations, and more.

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