Pakistan’s Head of Mission in Afghanistan Survives Assassination Attempt; Perpetrators to be Punished, Taliban

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry reports that Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani, the country’s head of mission in Kabul, has survived an armed attack and the ‘assassination attempt’. The Taliban government has condemned this attack and emphasized that the perpetrators should be identified and punished.

In the press release of Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is stated that the embassy’s compound in Kabul came under attack targeting the head of the mission on Friday, December 2. However, a Pakistani security guard has been reportedly injured in the attack while protecting Nizamani, the Foreign Office added.

The Pakistani government strongly condemns the assassination attempt and attack on the embassy. The government demands the Afghan government conduct an immediate investigation into the incident, the press release further reads.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan has also said that the Taliban should take immediate measures to ensure the safety of Pakistani diplomats and citizens in Afghanistan.

Shahbaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, via a tweet condemned the attack and demanded an investigation against the perpetrators of this “heinous act”.

In response to this, the Taliban’s Foreign Ministry has said that the Taliban government condemns the attack on the Pakistani embassy and will not allow biased people to pose security threats to diplomatic missions present in the country.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, Taliban’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said that the security agencies of this group are seriously investigating this incident and the perpetrators will be identified and punished.

No one or any group has claimed responsibility for this attack as of yet.

In another incident on Friday in Kabul, the office of Hizb-e-Islami on Dar al-Aman Road in PD6 of Kabul under the leadership of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was targeted as well. Armed attackers, allegedly two people, first exploded their explosives at the entrance gate of the mosque and then opened fires. The two attackers were reportedly shot to death by Hekmatyar’s bodyguards before reaching their target. Hekmatyar’s situation is reported as fine.

In a video clip, Hekmatyar said that the attack claimed one life and injured two others.

So far, no individual or group has claimed responsibility for this attack either.

Days ago, a Jihadi school in Samangan was targeted by a suicide attack that left at least 19 dead and 23 wounded, according to statistics announced by UNAMA.