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Archive for February 7, 2017

Newsline: Afghanistan, Pakistan to jointly investigate Afghan diplomat’s killing

A security guard gunned down a senior Afghan diplomat at the Afghan consulate in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Monday. The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said a delegation comprising of Afghan and Pakistani officials will be investigating the incident, ANI reported. Third secretary of Afghan consulate, Muhammad Zaki Abduh died from his injuries shortly after the shooting, Pakistan daily the Dawn quoted consulate spokesman, Haris Khan as saying. The guard was immediately taken into custody. Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said “firing inside Afghan Consulate General in Karachi has been carried out by an Afghan guard,” Afghan media reported. The motive behind the murder has not been ascertained as of now. However, Karachi deputy inspector general (DIG) south, Azad Khan said,”It seems the guard had some sort of personal grudge with the diplomat.”

http://www.wionews.com/south-asia/afghanistan-pakistan-to-jointly-investigate-afghan-diplomats-killing-12123

Newsline: Russian diplomats in Syria remain in danger

The actual danger that Russia’s embassy in Damascus may come under attack is not decreasing even amid the ceasefire deal between the Syrian government and the opposition, Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak said in an interview with TASS. “The establishment of ceasefire on December 30, 2016 had a positive impact on the military and political situation in Syria in general,” he said. “Unfortunately, this does not mean that the security situation of the embassy has automatically improved.” Russia’s embassy in Damascus again came under shelling on February 3, the ambassador said, adding that there was no serious damage to it. “We constantly register shellings in close vicinity to the embassy,” he added.

http://tass.com/politics/929355