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UNSC Condemns Armed Attack on Pakistan Embassy

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members strongly condemned the armed attack on the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul and called it a ‘terrorist attack’.

This attack happened on Friday, December 2 and Pakistan says that the target was Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani, the head of the mission of this country. He survived the ‘assassination attempt’ and one of his bodyguards was critically injured.

In a statement, the members of the Security Council said that they ask all parties to respect the safety and security of diplomatic and consulate offices and personnel of the UN member states.

The council emphasized the basic principle of immunity of diplomatic and consulate offices and fulfilling the obligations of receiving countries according to the 1961 Vienna Convention.

The members of the Security Council emphasized “the need to hold the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsor of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring to justice”.

They urged all member states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to actively cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

Kabul witnessed two armed attacks yesterday. First, 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 covered with ‘burqa’, 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.

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.

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.

Taliban Acting Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi had a telephone conversation with Pakistani Minister of Affairs Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Minister about yesterday’s attack.

Amir Khan Muttaqi has assured in this conversation that special attention will be paid to the security of the Pakistani embassy and he will use all his efforts to prosecute the perpetrators of this incident and bring them to justice. The Taliban Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoting Zardari’s saying stated that such incidents cannot endanger the relations between the two countries.