Pakistani envoys say confined to embassy over 'harassment' by Afghan intelligence

Special Pakistani envoys say confined to embassy over 'harassment' by Afghan intelligence
Security stands guard outside the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP/File)
Updated 10 November 2019
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Pakistani envoys say confined to embassy over 'harassment' by Afghan intelligence

Pakistani envoys say confined to embassy over 'harassment' by Afghan intelligence
  • Staff confined to diplomatic facility in Afghan capital for nearly a week
  • Afghanistan’s foreign ministry says it will ‘seriously investigate’ the complaint

PESHAWAR: Afghanistan’s intelligence operatives have been harassing Pakistan embassy officials on the roads of Kabul for six days, with embassy personnel confining themselves to the diplomatic facility, three senior members of Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in Afghanistan told Arab News on Friday.
The Pakistan embassy in Kabul announced in a statement last week it was indefinitely shuttering its consular office in Kabul for security reasons after it said several staff were harassed by unknown assailants on roads in the Afghan capital on Sunday.
The visa section’s closure comes amid fresh tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which last month exchanged fire in a border area, though relations between the two countries have long been marred by mistrust and suspicion. 
A senior Pakistan embassy official, who requested not to be named, told Arab News that the staff was now confined to the embassy due to the incidents of harassment.
“The Afghans are adamant at misbehaving with our ambassador and other staff,” he said, and claimed that Pakistan’s embassy,” had credible information that Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), had decided to arrest some Pakistani medical and IT professionals working in Afghanistan.”
On Nov. 3, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Afghan chargé d’affaires in Islamabad and conveyed its concerns over the safety and security of its diplomats in Kabul.
The Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan, in response to Pakistan’s complaint said on Nov. 4, that it will “seriously investigate” the complaint, and added that its Afghan ambassador in Islamabad was “mistreated” by the Pakistani spy agency.
“Afghanistan expresses its deepest objection and concerns over the summoning of the ambassador by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and the misconduct of the entity’s personnel,” the statement said.
On Thursday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry told journalists that Pakistani authorities had reminded the Afghan government of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities 1961, adding that it was the responsibility of the Afghan administration to ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of all members of the Pakistan mission.
“We have urged the Afghan government to ensure the safety and security of our personnel,” Dr. Muhammad Faisal, foreign office spokesperson said, and added Pakistan was handing out travel permits to Afghans facing medical emergencies on humanitarian grounds.