Ghani Orders Probe Into Pakistani’s Death In Jalalabad

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KABUL: The president has ordered a probe into Monday night’s shooting of a Pakistani consulate staff member in Jalalabad in eastern Nangarhar province.
President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday condemned the killing of a Pakistani consulate staff member, Rana Nayyar Iqbal, in Jalalabad on Monday and ordered security institutions to investigate the incident.
According to a statement issued by the Presidential Palace, he also asked the security institutions to find out who was responsible for the attack.
The statement said government is responsible for ensuring the safety of foreign diplomatic staff and said security institutions need to take this seriously.
National security advisor Haneef Atmar tweeted that he had spoken with his Pakistani counterpart Gen. Nasir Janjua and offered his condolences. He said on Twitter, “terrorists are enemies of both nations, thus needs joint, well-coordinated and realistic efforts to eliminate them.”
The ministry of foreign affairs on Tuesday also condemned the shooting.
Iqbal, who worked in the consulate’s visa section, was shot on Monday evening while out shopping in the Nangarhar capital in eastern Afghanistan. Earlier reports indicated he had been on his own, without protection, at the time of the shooting.
The body of the 62-year-old victim was transferred to Islamabad on Tuesday, where he was buried.
Pajhwok reported that Iqbal had been a resident of the Sialkot district of Punjab province, and that the official leaves behind five children and a widow.
Pakistan’s Daily Times reported that President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in separate messages, strongly condemned the attack and conveyed their deepest condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family.
Daesh has reportedly claimed responsibility for the shooting. – Agencies


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