Missing Pakistani officials return to embassy in Kabul

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KABUL: Missing official and driver of Pakistani embassy in Kabul have recovered on Wednesday. According to reports, the Afghan intelligence agency (NDS) has taken them into custody.
According to earlier reports, armed men had kidnapped a protocol officer and driver of the Pakistani embassy from Kabul. The kidnappers also took away the official vehicle of the Pakistani official.
According to reports, Pakistan took up the issue with Afghanistan at diplomatic level, which forced the Afghan officials to release the Pakistanis.
Meanwhile, Foreign Office summoned the Afghan Deputy Head of Mission to lodge Pakistan’s strong protest over the incident in which two diplomatic officials in Kabul were detained, reportedly by Afghan security agencies. According to the Foreign Office spokesperson, the Afghan DHM was conveyed that the incident was a clear violation of the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961) and against the spirit of the brotherly relations between the two countries.
It was emphasized that such incidents undermined the constructive engagement which the two countries envisaged for strengthening of bilateral ties. “We urge the Afghan government to take immediate steps to ensure the security and safety of our diplomatic personnel and premises and to ensure that such incident do not take place in future,” he was told.

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