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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.
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.”
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.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas inaugurated Palestinian embassy in Islamabad. The new Palestine Embassy Complex has been built in the Diplomatic Enclave. The government gifted land in 1992 for the purpose and in 2013 also contributed towards its construction. President Abbas thanked Pakistan for its support on constitution of the embassy and told the media he had briefed PM Nawaz about the latest situation between Palestine and Israel. Abbas is on a three-day visit to Pakistan. He is accompanied by a 17-member delegation, including five ministers. It is the third visit by President Abbas to Pakistan. He has previously been to the country in 2005 and 2013.
Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards at the Pakistani border. Foreign Ministry Director General for West Asia Affairs Rasoul Eslami protested against the fact that the Pakistani territory is being used by terrorist groups and bandits to attack Iranian border guards, and called on Islamabad to take serious measures to prevent similar incidents. In the latest border clashes, two Iranian border police officers were killed and several border guards injured in southeastern Iran on Thursday in an armed conflict with a group of bandits at Iran-Pakistan border. “It is unacceptable for us that a number of terrorists and bandits trespass our territory from the Pakistani soil and attack and kill our country’s border guards,” Eslami told Pakistani Ambassador Noor Mohammad Jadmani. Jadmani, for his part, expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and pledged to notify Tehran’s objection to Islamabad. Iran has repeatedly criticized its eastern neighbors for failing to rein in terrorists who cross back borders into these countries after carrying out their attacks on Iran’s soil.
A case of fraud and forgery was registered against a female insurance agent on the complaint of the ambassador of Tajikistan Sherali Jononov. The ambassador had filed a petition under 22-A of CrPC through his lawyers Barrister Afzal Hussain and Malik Irfan Elahi Advocate. The petitioner through his counsels maintained that on April 24, 2014 he signed an agreement with the accused and according to which she was obliged to submit an insurance bond from an insurance company having at least AA rating from PACRA/JCR in favor of the embassy to the extent of US $ 97,000. However, she “deceptively and fraudulently” submitted an insurance bond for Rs95,06,000/- from a company that was not “AA” rated insurance company. After the signing of the agreement, the ambassador on the following May 5, after the submission of insurance/indemnity bond by the accused, issued full amount of US $123,000/- to the accused. Thereafter, the petitioner came to know about the exact status of the insurance company when proposed accused committed fraud and did not fulfill the obligations under the agreement dated 24-04-2014. He instantly reported the matter to the local police but no action was taken and he had to file a petition with the justice.
The Belarusian side has announced opening the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to Pakistan on the September 1, 2014, as well as introduced the Pakistani side to the future extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Belarus to Pakistan. Both sides announced their interest in establishing mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of defence production. Both sides agreed to develop a plan of action for establishing military and technical cooperation between the two countries.