Kabul closes Afghan consulate in Peshawar

Kabul says it has closed the Afghan consulate in Peshawar in protest at Pakistani police raid on Afghan Market in northwestern city of Peshawar. In statement issued on Friday October 11, the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad condemned Pakistani police raid on ‘disputed Afghan Market’ in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

According to Afghan Embassy, the provincial government of KP has made ‘unilateral decision’ on the long-standing dispute over the market ownership. “Afghanistan’s flag was taken down from the building,” the statement said.

The Afghan Embassy in Islamabad says action taken by Pakistani police is ‘against diplomatic norms.’ The embassy says the Afghan Market is the ownership of Afghanistan’s national bank.

Kabul has said it has taken the case to a court.