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Friday Feb 17, 2017

Afghan embassy officials summoned at GHQ in Rawalpindi


RAWALPINDI: The Afghan embassy officials were summoned at General Headquarters, read a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to the statement, a list of  76 terrorists has been given to the officials at the Afghan embassy so that action is taken against them. However, the Pakistan army has demanded the terrorists be handed over to them if the Afghan government cannot take action.

The action came in the wake of a suicide attack at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine which martyred 80 and injured over 300.

The country suffered a deadly week with suicide attacks in Lahore, Mohmand Agency, Peshawar and Sehwan which killed over 107 people and injured several hundreds.

Pak-Afghan border closed 

Following the suicide bombing in Sehwan, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border was closed with immediate effect due to security reasons.

Pakistani diplomatic officials on Wednesday summoned the Afghan deputy head of mission to the Foreign Office to convey their concerns over continuing attacks by terrorist outfit Jamaat-ul-Ahrar from its sanctuaries inside Afghanistan.

According to a Foreign Office press statement, Afghan Deputy Head of Mission Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi was called in to the Foreign Office on Tuesday by the Additional Secretary.

"[The] attention of the DHM was also drawn to earlier actionable intelligence shared by our authorities with the Afghan side. Afghanistan was urged to take urgent measures to eliminate the terrorists and their sanctuaries, financiers, and handlers operating from its territory," said the press release.

The Foreign Office said an aide-memoire containing details of the terrorist attacks and supporting information was also shared with the Afghan deputy head of mission.

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