Pakistan to open consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif today

Pakistan to open consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif today

ISLAMABAD: Following the assurance of Afghan officials for foolproof security, Pakistan’s consulate in Afghaistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif will be opened on Tuesday (today).
The Pakistani consulate will today (Tuesday) start issuing visas after Afghan officials assured to provide foolproof security.
On Sunday, Pakistan’s Consulate General in Mazar-e-Sharif city was closed after an Afghan woman was caught trying to bring a hand grenade into the consulate in her bag.
Pakistan urged the Afghan government to ensure security of Pakistan s diplomatic mission in Mazar-e-Sharif, foreign ministry said in a statement.
“The Pakistan Consulate General in Mazar-e-Sharif was closed when an Afghan woman was caught trying to sneak a hand grenade into the Consulate, in her personal bag. The woman was arrested by the police and was under investigation to find perpetrators of the failed attack,” the statement said.
“The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul has urged the Afghan Foreign Office to provide foolproof security to its Consulate General in Mazar-e-Sharif and to share the findings of its investigation at the earliest,” said the foreign ministry.
Pakistan Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif will remain closed for visa services till the provision of fool-proof security by the authorities in Mazar-e-Sharif to prevent any untoward incident from happening in the future, it said.

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