Pakistani consulate official shot dead in Afghanistan

Islamabad: Pakistani diplomat Rana Nayyar Iqbal was shot dead by gunmen near his residence in eastern Afghanistan on Monday evening.

Rana Nayyar Iqbal, an employee at the Pakistan Consulate General in the Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province, was gunned down by unidentified gunmen near his house at 6pm, a security official told The Express Tribune.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for Nangarhar governor confirmed that Rana was shot by two gunmen on a motorcycle in Jalalabad, the province’s capital. Rana was shopping at a local market when he was targeted. He was shot five times in the head and chest. The victim was working in the consulate’s visa section and went shopping without a security detail, he claimed.

Meanwhile Pakistan Foreign Office had summoned the Afghan charge d’affaires to protest against the “gruesome murder” of the Pakistani official.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif expressed sorrow over the “martyrdom” of the diplomatic official and called upon the Afghan government to ensure security of Pakistani diplomats.

The Afghan ambassador in Islamabad, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal in his Twitter message condemned the “tragic shooting”.

In July this year, two officials of the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad went missing while returning to their home country by road. They were later rescued.

Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar, is a busy trading hub about 70 kilometres from the main border crossing with Pakistan, from which landlocked Afghanistan imports much of its goods.

Last month, gunmen abducted Muhammad Nabi Ahmadi, the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar province, in the Dabgari area of Peshawar – a day after he arrived in the city for an appointment with a doctor.

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