Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul will remain closed from today onwards for an indefinite period due to the harassment of Pakistani diplomats in Afghanistan’s capital.
A statement issued by the Pakistani mission said, “Due to security reasons, Consular Section of the Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul will be closed from tomorrow Monday, 4th November 2019 until further intimation.”
Earlier on Sunday, The Foreign Office summoned the Afghan chargé d’affaires in Islamabad to protest the “harassment” over the past two days of the staff of the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul and its sub-missions.
According to a statement issued by the FO spokesperson, Dr Mohammad Faisal, “serious concerns” were conveyed over the safety and security of the diplomatic personnel working at the embassy.
“The Afghan Cd’A was informed that the officers and staff of the Embassy of Pakistan were being harassed over the past two days. They were obstructed on the road and the Embassy vehicles were also hit by motorcycles while going towards the Embassy,” said the statement.
Tensions have soured further in recent days amid clashes along the border in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar.
Six Pakistani troops were wounded on October 27 and 28 in an unprovoked mortar and heavy weapon firing by Afghan soldiers.