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FO lodges protest over detention of Two Diplomats in Kabul

Islamabad (May 17, 2017): The Foreign Office on Wednesday summoned the Afghan Deputy Head of Mission to protest over the detention of two employees of Pakistan embassy in Afghanistan.

According to the details, the Afghan Deputy Head of Mission (DHM) was summoned on Wednesday by the Foreign Office to lodge a protest over the incident, in which two Pakistani diplomatic officials were detained in Kabul, reportedly by Afghan security agencies.

According to sources, Afghanistan’s spy agency National Directorate of Security took into custody Protocol Assistant Hassan Khanzada and driver Syed Muneer Shah along with their car from a shop. The agency kept them in confinement for three hours, during which they were also tortured. The employees were finally released after Pakistan embassy’s efforts.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that the Afghan DHM was conveyed that the incident was a clear violation of the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961).

The office declared the detention against the spirit of the brotherly relations between the two countries.

“It was emphasised that such incidents undermined the constructive engagement, which the two countries envisaged for the strengthening of bilateral ties,” said the statement.

“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 does not take place in future,” it said.

The FO has asked the Afghan government to urgently look into the matter and ensure the security and safety of Pakistani diplomatic personnel so that no such incident takes place in future.

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