Legislators voice concerns over killing attempt on Pak envoy

Ijaz Kakakhel

Members of a legislative body of Senate of parliament on Thursday expressed serious reservations over the recent assassination attempt on a Pakistani Head of Mission in Kabul.

The reservations were expressed during a meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Senator Farooq Naek. Concerning Afghanistan’s attitude towards Pakistan, Senator Farooq Naek underlined that there is a dire need for Pakistan to revisit its policy towards Afghanistan.

He said that we are functioning as a spokesperson of Afghanistan in the world, but on contrary, the Afghan government often opposes Pakistan and raises guns against us which is very unfortunate. The Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asad Majeed, while briefing the panel over the recent assassination attack on the Pakistani envoy in Kabul said that the Pakistani ambassador was walking in the embassy yard when he was attacked. He explained that eight sniper shots and 100 rounds of bullets were fired at the distance of 100 meters from the eighth floor of a building in the vicinity of the embassy’s compound. Thankfully, it was not a physical intrusion, and miraculously, the Pakistani ambassador remained safe.

One suspect has been arrested by the Afghan government and an investigation regarding the incident is underway, he maintained. He further said that the Afghan government has assured that the perpetrator of the incident will not be spared in any case. IS Khorasan has claimed responsibility for the incident, he underscored. Secretary MoFA reiterated that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan as peace and stability in Afghanistan are indispensable for Pakistan.