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Newsline: Pakistan summons Indian diplomat

Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh to the Foreign Office to protest against the Indian forces’ recent ‘unprovoked’ ceasefire violations of the Line of Control (LoC) in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) Chirikot Sector. The firing incident that took place on September 2 resulted in the death of an 8-year-old girl, Momina, at village Polas. On that day, Indian forces also targeted Kakuta and Nullah villages along the LoC. The Foreign Office said the deliberate targeting of civilians was indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws. “Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations,” added an FO statement issued on Monday.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1498057/pakistan-summons-indian-diplomat/

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Newsline: Chinese Company to Build Afghanistan’s Embassy in Pakistan

A leading Chinese company will build the Afghan embassy complex in Islamabad that will cost nearly 17 million US dollars, Xinhua reported. Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha joined the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and Afghan ambassador in Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal at the ground-breaking ceremony of the building in the diplomatic enclave. Andisha said the new Afghan embassy will be his country’s biggest embassy in the world which also reflect Afghanistan’s quest for good relations with Pakistan. He also thanked China’s help in the construction.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/224768-Chinese-company-building-biggest-Afghan-embassy-in-Pakistan

Newsline: Chinese embassy in Pakistan confirms kidnapping of 2 nationals

The Chinese embassy in Pakistan on Wednesday confirmed the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals by unknown gunmen in the country’s southwest Quetta city earlier in the day. An official from the Chinese embassy told Xinhua that they are trying to know more details about the incident and about the abducted persons. Meanwhile they have urged the Pakistani side to rescue the abductees as quickly as possible, said the official.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/24/c_136311794.htm

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: Pakistan Embassy in Canada accused of negligence

Mismanagement and negligence displayed by the Pakistan Embassy in Canada have put the 500,000 strong Pakistani diaspora in the lurch as they do not know who to contact for passport-related issues. Many Pakistanis have lodged complaints and negligence by the Commission. Pakistani High Commission in Canada is responsible for dealing with matters relating to CNICs Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) and National Identity Cards for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOPs). It is common knowledge that the early and timely provision of relevant identity cards to overseas Pakistanis is of utmost importance as it is mandatory for every overseas Pakistani to possess those to apply for new passports or for the renewal of old passports. Since the introduction of machine-readable passports, Pakistanis have to go to their embassies early in the morning to stand in queues and they are not dealt with as politely as they deserve. Reportedly, the Pakistani mission is sitting on prepared NICOPs or CNICs that were sent to NADRA for distribution to applicants. All these identity documents have been lying and gathering dust in the cupboards of the mission; while those who applied for the processing of these are constantly told that their NICOPs or CNICs are not ready or that they never came back from Pakistan, thus forcing them to apply and re-apply for newer NICOPs and CNICs time and again. The Pakistani diaspora has urged the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and the Foreign Office, as well as other departments concerned to take all possible measures to resolve their problems on priority. Pakistani High Commission in Canada Tariq Azim Khan could not be contacted for his version despite repeated attempts on his phone.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/criminal-negligence-of-pak-embassy-in-canada-left-500000-pakistanis-in-the-lurch/

Newsline: Pakistan summons Iran’s ambassador over commander comments

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Tehran’s ambassador to Islamabad over remarks made by the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri. Mehdi Honardoost was summoned to convey Pakistan’s concerns after Bagheri said Iran itself would deal with the terrorists if Pakistan fails to do so, the Dawn newspaper reported. “We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases … If the terrorist attacks continue, we will deal crushing blows to their safe havens and cells, wherever they are,” Bagheri said on Monday. Bagheri further said that the border has turned into a training ground for “Saudi-hired terrorists” who are funded by the United States. Pakistan urged Iran to refrain from making statements which could harm relations between the two countries. The remarks were made a month after 10 Iranian border guards were killed in a terrorist attack launched from inside the Pakistani soil. One of the border guards, injured, is held captive by the terrorists.

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/413342/Pakistan-summons-Iran-s-ambassador-over-commander-comments

Newsline: North Korea Claims Pakistani Tax Officials Assaulted Diplomat

North Korea’s embassy in Pakistan has accused the country’s tax authorities of assaulting a diplomat and his wife, claiming armed officials broke into their Karachi home and held guns to their heads, an official confirmed. The written complaint, seen by AFP and addressed to the chief of Pakistan’s Excise and Taxation department, demands action against the officials and warns the incident could seriously impact diplomatic relations. It said at least 10 armed men from the department burst into the diplomat’s Karachi home on April 9 and attacked him and his wife, dragging her by the hair and hitting them both in the face before aiming guns at the couple. They also shot at photographs of the couple, the letter alleges. “This is a very serious issue and we have set up a high-powered investigating team to probe into the allegations framed by the Korean embassy,” said Shoaib Siddiqui, chief of the department. The incident was recorded on closed circuit television cameras, the letter, dated April 27, claimed. “We will examine the CCTV film so that we can identify the men,” Siddiqui said. The diplomat’s role in Karachi is not known. Pakistan and North Korea are infamously linked by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, who admitted in 2004 that he ran a nuclear black-market selling secrets to rogue clients including Pyongyang. He later retracted his remarks and in 2009 was freed from house arrest, although he was asked to keep a low profile.

http://newsweekpakistan.com/north-korea-claims-pakistani-tax-officials-assaulted-diplomat/