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Newsline: Afghanistan Detained Two Pakistani Embassy Staffers

Pakistan on Thursday pulled out the Vienna Convention when two of its staffers in Kabul were detained for hours by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS). The two men were picked up by NDS from a stationery shop at a market. The staffers detained in Kabul were identified as Hassan Khanzada, visa assistant at the embassy, and Syed Munir Shah, staff driver. Pakistan accused Afghanistan of violating Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961). “It was emphasised that such incidents undermined the constructive engagement which the two countries envisaged for strengthening of bilateral ties,” Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office as saying. The embassy approached the Afghan foreign ministry and sought immediate release of the two staffers. Pakistan summoned Afghanistan’s deputy head of mission Zardasht Shams on Wednesday to lodge protest over the detention. Khanzada and Shah were finally released after three hours, it said, adding that it was unclear why the staffers were detained. The incident serves another blow to the already fraught ties between the two countries.

http://www.news18.com/news/world/two-embassy-staffers-detained-in-kabul-pakistan-invokes-vienna-convention-1405625.html

Newsline: Car bomb kills eight people near US Embassy in Kabul

A car bomb targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded near the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday, killing eight people and wounding 25 others, an Afghan official said. The blast hit at 7:55 a.m. (local time) in Kabul police district 9, near the embassy and Supreme Court, according to interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish. No information was immediately available on the nationality of the troops, but Danish earlier said all the victims were Afghan civilians. US Forces Afghanistan later said three members of the international coalition suffered nonlife-threatening injuries.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/03/asia/suicide-attack-near-us-embassy-in-kabul/

Newsline: US Embassy In Afghanistan Fires 6 Over Drug Infractions

Six people working at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, have been fired for using or possessing illegal drugs. A State Department official says the firings followed an investigation into allegations of misconduct. The official says those who were embassy employees have been fired and others who were contractors for the embassy have been removed from the contract. The official is declining to provide details about what led to the investigation. But the infractions are particularly troubling given the yearslong effort by the U.S. to address the narcotics trade in Afghanistan. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss personnel situations publicly and requested anonymity.

http://www.dailyjournal.net/2017/03/29/us-united-states-afghanistan-drugs/

Newsline: Gunmen storm military hospital near US Embassy in Kabul

Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan’s capital Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said gunmen entered the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital after an explosion and gunfire. The 400-bed military hospital is located near two civilian hospitals in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, which is also home to several embassies, including that of the U.S. The attack began when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the rear of the hospital and three attackers with automatic weapons and hand grenades entered the complex, a security official told the Reuters news agency. The gunmen, dressed as medical personnel, took positions on the hospital’s upper floors and battled special forces sent to the scene, officials told Reuters. As fighting went on, a second explosion was heard inside, Reuters added.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gunmen-attack-military-hospital-near-us-embassy-in-kabul/

Newsline: Afghanistan summons Pakistan’s ambassador over shelling

Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan on Saturday in protest against recent cross-border shelling, according to a ministry statement. Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai summoned Ambassador Abrar Hussain to denounce the shelling by Pakistani forces following a spate of terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including a suspected suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in southern Sindh province that left more than 80 people dead Thursday. Pakistani military had pointed fingers at Afghanistan hours after the shrine blast. Spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor tweeted Thursday that recent terrorist acts were being executed “on directions from hostile powers and from sanctuaries in Afghanistan. We shall defend and respond.” Later, pro-military media outlets in Pakistan reported that Pakistani military had destroyed alleged terror training camps inside Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. However, Afghan officials said the cross-border shelling had killed a women and her son apart from leaving several civilians injured and forcing tens of families to flee their homes. On Friday, Pakistan’s military spokesman tweeted that Afghan embassy officials had been called in at army headquarters and given a list of “76 terrorists” said to be hiding in Afghanistan. The officials were asked to take immediate action against them.

http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/afghanistan-summons-pakistans-ambassador-over-shelling/753240

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: Afghan diplomat killed in embassy in Pakistan

An Afghan diplomat was shot dead on Monday by a guard at the Afghan consulate in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi in a personal dispute, officials said. The consulate’s third secretary was killed by the consulate guard, also an Afghan national, who has been arrested, police official Saqib Ismail told Reuters. “The guard used his automatic weapon, firing multiple bullets,” Mr Ismail said. Afghanistan’s ministry for foreign affairs issued a statement identifying the murdered diplomat as Mohammed Zaki Abdu.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/afghan-diplomat-killed-in-embassy-in-pakistan-1.2965468