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Pakistani diplomat gunned down

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani diplomat serving at the consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city was shot dead on Monday evening, a private TV Channel reported.

According to reports, Nayyer Iqbal was shot six times while returning home after offering evening prayers.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the Provincial Governor in Nangarhar, said the employee of Pakistan’s consulate was shot by two gunmen on a motorcycle in Jalalabad, the province’s capital.

The diplomat’s body has been shifted to a hospital in Jalalabad for postmortem examination. According to another report, the assailants were on two motorcycles and fired bullets from a very close range ensuring his instant death.

Yet another report suggested that the assailants also raise Allah-o-Akbar slogan while opening fire on the Pakistani diplomat, yet another Pakistani TV channel said.

Iqbal hailed from Sialkot and was working in the consulate’s visa section.

Islamabad condemned the killing of its diplomat in Jalalabad and demanded increased security for the staff and employees working in Afghanistan, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Faisal said.

The Pakistani diplomats and Embassy or consulate staff are under constant threat and the Government of Pakistan had been demanding security for the entire staff, including diplomatic staff.

Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan are already tense and both the countries are involved in a propaganda war while the US policy on South Asia region had made relation further tense.

Source: bexpress.com.pk

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