Qureshi assures Afghan counterpart of bringing culprits to justice

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19th Jul, 2021. 02:24 pm

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday assured his Afghan counterpart of taking all possible steps to arrest the culprits involved in the assaulting Afghan ambassador’s daughter.

Qureshi, in a telephonic call to Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, briefed him about the steps taken so far by the law enforcement agencies following the July 16 incident and vowed to bring the culprits to justice.

He said the ministry was cognizant of the diplomatic norms and mentioned that the security at Afghan embassy and consulate in Pakistan had been beefed up.

“Pakistan expects the Afghan government to reconsider its decision to recall its ambassador and senior diplomats given the serious efforts being made by the government of Pakistan,” he said.

Foreign Minister Atmar thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking a personal interest in the investigation into the incident, a statement the by the Foreign Office said.

He also appreciated the efforts of foreign minister Qureshi to increase security at the Afghan embassy and consulate.

“Afghanistan attaches special importance to bilateral relations with Pakistan and is committed to its peace and stability,” the Afghan minister was quoted as saying.

The two foreign ministers agreed to continue collaboration on issues of mutual interest.

A day earlier, the Foreign office deemed Afghanistan’s decision to recall its ambassador and senior diplomats from Pakistan ‘unfortunate and regrettable’.

The statement added that the reported abduction and assault of the ambassador’s daughter was being investigated and followed-up at the highest level on the instructions of the prime minister.

 

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