Afghan govt or­ders probe into Pak­istani of­fi­cial’s mur­der

The Miracle - - National & Int - Source: Dawn news.com

SLAMABAD: The Afghan gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day or­dered a probe into the killing of a Pak­istani diplo­matic staffer in Jalal­abad and vowed se­cu­rity for Afghanistan-based diplo­matic corps. “The gov­ern­ment has is­sued di­rec­tives to the se­cu­rity of­fi­cials to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent, track down the per­pe­tra­tors and bring them to jus­tice,” a state­ment is­sued by the Afghan pres­i­dency said. The pres­i­dency fur­ther con­demned the killing of a Pak­istani con­sulate em­ployee in Jalal­abad. “It is an act of ter­ror run­ning counter to all diplo­matic prin­ci­ples,” the state­ment said. Nay­yar Iqbal Rana, who worked in the visa sec­tion of the con­sulate, was shot dead on Mon­day evening while he was shop­ping in a mar­ket near his res­i­dence. Ear­lier in June, two staffers of the Pak­istan con­sulate in Jalal­abad were ab­ducted as they trav­elled by road back to their coun­try. They were later re­cov­ered by Afghan se­cu­rity forces. The For­eign Of­fice (FO) had con­demned the mur­der and sum­moned the Afghan charge d’ af­faires to re­ceive protest over the in­ci­dent. The FO had de­manded fool­proof se­cu­rity for Pak­istani diplo­mats and mis­sions in Afghanistan. Re­as­sur­ing Kabul’s diplo­matic corps of se­cu­rity ar­range­ments, the pres­i­dency said: “The Afghan gov­ern­ment obliges it­self to en­sure se­cu­rity of all diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tions, di­rect­ing its se­cu­rity and de­fence of­fi­cials to take all nec­es­sary mea­sures for en­sur­ing se­cu­rity of all diplo­matic corps and rep­re­sen­ta­tions based in Afghanistan”. Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani also called Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi to offer con­do­lences on Mr Rana’s mur­der. Mr Ab­basi told Mr Ghani that Pak­istan ex­pected ur­gent steps for ap­pre­hend­ing the cul­prits of this heinous crime and bring­ing them to jus­tice at the ear­li­est. “The prime min­is­ter un­der­lined the need for thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Afghan gov­ern­ment to ex­pose the forces be­hind this ab­hor­rent act,” the Prime Min­is­ter Of­fice said and de­manded bet­ter se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for Pak­istani na­tion­als in Afghanistan, in­clud­ing diplo­mats and diplo­matic premises. He fur­ther un­der­scored the need for “sus­tained en­gage­ment” be­tween the two neigh­bours for pro­mot­ing har­mony and co­op­er­a­tion.

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