Pakistani chargé d’affaires summoned over harassment of Afghan diplomat in Peshawar

AfCPPESHAWAR: The chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Pakistan Moazzam Ali was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (MoFA) over the harassment of Afghan General Consul in Peshawar city of Pakistan.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, a strong protest was lodged over the Pakistani security personnel act to stop the vehicle of the Afghan General Consul in the Peshawar city.

According to a statement by MoFA, the vehicle of the Afghan General Consul was stopped between the General Consulate of Afghanistan and his residence.

The head of the first political office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Moosa Arefi strongly condemned the act and said the move was against the diplomatic and consulate relations and the internationals confederation.

Arefi conveyed serious concerns to Pakistani chargé d’affaires and said such should not be repeated warning that such moves could harm the relationships between the two nations.

In his turn the Pakistani chargé d’affaires promised to convey the concerns by Afghanistan as well as the official memo to the relevant authorities in Pakistan.

The Afghan consulate in Peshawar city was closed by Afghanistan in protest over the harassment of the Afghan diplomat by Pakistani security forces on Tuesday.

The harassment of the Afghan diplomat in Peshawar city by the Pakistani police and closure of the consulate comes as the relations between Kabul and Islamabad witnessed ups and downs during the recent weeks.

Recently tensions intensified between the two countries over the closure of Torkham gate which sparked as the Afghan border forces stopped the Pakistani forces to install barbed wire. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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