Pakistan reopens its consulate in Jalalabad

Pakistan reopens its consulate in Jalalabad
This undated file photo shows Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul hoisting the national flag in the Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul. (Pakistan Embassy in Kabul/File)
Updated 08 October 2018

Pakistan reopens its consulate in Jalalabad

Pakistan reopens its consulate in Jalalabad
  • Pakistan temporarily closed its consulate in Jalalabad on Aug. 30 because of security concerns
  • Pakistan’s foreign minister visited Kabul on Sept. 15 to work closely with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday resumed its regular operation in its consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
In August this year, Islamabad temporarily closed its consulate in Jalalabad over alleged interference by the provincial governor and a lack of security.
Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Sunday that Islamabad decided to resume its operations at the Jalalabad consulate after assurances by the Afghan government that all necessary and required security would be provided to the Consulate General as per the obligation of the Afghan Government under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963.

 

In November 2017, a Pakistani diplomat was shot dead in Jalalabad outside his residence and Islamabad has been raising its concerns about the security of its diplomatic mission and staff in Afghanistan.
The closure of the consulate was the latest incident of strained relations between Islamabad and Kabul.
However, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited Afghanistan on Sept. 15 to set out the contours of the new Pakistan Government’s future engagement with Afghanistan to build a mutually beneficial relationship and to enhance cooperation between the two countries.