Pakistan grants visa to ailing Afghan boy on humanitarian grounds

By Aizbah Khan - Web Editor

24th January, 2020

Pakistan granted a visa to a 12-year-old Afghan boy Seeratullah Wardak on humanitarian grounds on the direction of  Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

According to the details, Seeratullah Wardak is suffering from epilepsy and doctors in Afghanistan had recommended  his family to take him to Pakistan for treatment.

As visa timely visa acquiring is an issue for the family so Seeratullah’s family had made a video appeal on social media and requested the Pakistani government to issue him a visa on medical grounds.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi took notice and directed Foreign office to grant the ailing minor a visa on humanitarian griunds.

Earlier on December 28 2019, the Pakistan embassy in Kabul announces to resume its full consular services with effect from today (Sunday) after a gap of nearly two months.

The consulate made this announcement over Twitter.

It says, “Pak Embassy Kabul is happy to announce that it would be resuming its full consular services with effect from Sunday, 29 December, 2019”.

It further says, “The embassy had suspended the services on Nov 4, citing concerns about safety and security of its staff after harassment of some Pakistani embassy personnel in Kabul and its sub-missions where embassy vehicles were hit by motorcycles.”

Afghanistan intelligence service’s officials had been harassing, and using abusive language with the Pakistani diplomats.

Afghan consulate reopens in Peshawar after 3 months shut

However, a few days after suspending the consular operations, the embassy started issuing health visas as the closure had created problems for a large number of Afghans who needed to visit Pakistan for medical treatment.

Many Afghans visit Pakistan for education and business activities too.

Moreover, the Afghan authorities also announced reopening of their Peshawar consulate that also remained closed for nearly three months.

Later, Pakistan took up the matter with the Afghanistan’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs that assured Pakistan that it would sort out the issue.

The FO summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires to convey serious concerns over the safety and security of embassy personnel in Kabul and its sub-missions.

In the light of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities 1961, the chargé d’affaires reminded about the responsibility of the Afghan government to ensure safety, security and freedom of movement to all members of the mission.


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