Pakistan asks Taliban to beef up security at Kabul embassy

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Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq on Saturday asked the Afghan government to “beef up the security of our embassy and its personnel”.

The demand comes a day after the attack on Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul that targeted the Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan Ubaidur Rehman Nizamani. Nizamani was unscathed but his guard was critically wounded.

In a series of tweets, Sadiq said: “Our top most priority is the security of members of our mission.

First and foremost, the Afghan in terim government will need to beef up the security of our embassy and its personnel.” He assured that the “government of Pakistan will also provide necessary resources to further enhance security of our diplomats to ensure continued and effective discharge of duties by them in the most important foreign capital for Pakistan”.While Nizamani remained safe, security guard Sepoy Israr Mohammad, was “critically injured” in the attack while protecting the mission head.
Sadiq said that the sepoy “who took bullets on chest” was “evacuated to Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar last night by a special plane”.

He saluted the “extraordinary courage and devotion to duty” of the guard and wished him a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, suspect involved in the assassination attempt on Pakistan’s Head of Mission to Kabul Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani was arrested Saturday.

According to diplomatic sources, the suspect was residing on the 8th floor of the nearby building and had planted improvised explosive devices in three rooms on the same floor.

When the Afghan security officials arrived at the building, the suspect tried escaping, however, he was arrested.