Two Pakistani diplomats missing in Afghanistan since Friday - Islamabad

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

Two officials of the Pakistani consulate have gone missing in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

Pakistan did not speculate who may be behind the disappearances but various Afghanistan-based groups have targeted diplomats in the past.

Zakaria said the Pakistani foreign officials are in constant touch with the relevant authorities and have requested them to take all-out efforts for their early and safe return.

People regularly go missing in Afghanistan as the country has always been facing instability due to continued fighting between the government forces and the Taliban radical movement (outlawed in Russia), which seized vast territories in the Afghan rural areas.

Pakistan has claimed that Afghanistan is not doing enough to tackle Pakistani Taliban fighters who have been driven out of Pakistan, but who still carry out attacks across the border. The Taliban and militants linked to the ISIS both operate in eastern Afghanistan. "This has been made clear to the Pakistani government at the highest levels", she said.

Over the weekend, the foreign ministry announced that Pakistan had opened Kharlachi crossing with Afghanistan in the Kurram Agency for trade.

It also clarified that this is not a pedestrians crossing, but is meant for facilitation of trade and transit vehicles. He did not disclose the names of the officials and did not give further details.

The FO added that Afghanistan is cooperating in the efforts to "probe the incident" and recover the two diplomats.

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