KABUL: Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul stated it was indefinitely closing its consular workplace within the Afghan capital as a consequence of safety causes, amid mounting tensions between the neighbouring international locations.
Closure of the visa part will come as an enormous blow for a lot of Afghans, tons of of whom apply day by day for permits to journey to Pakistan the place they search medical remedy, items and college educations.
A message shared on WhatsApp by an embassy spokesperson stated the consular part could be closed as of Monday “till additional intimation”.
The spokesperson informed AFP that the consular part usually processes about 1,500 visa purposes a day.
International Ministry summoned the Afghan cost d’affaires on Sunday to “convey critical issues over the protection and safety of the diplomatic personnel of the embassy of Pakistan, Kabul, and its sub-missions.”
In a press release, the ministry stated embassy employees have been being harassed.
“They have been obstructed on the highway and the embassy autos have been additionally hit by bikes whereas going in direction of the embassy,” the assertion learn.
Protests exterior the Pakistani embassy are widespread, generally triggered by folks sad about visa wait occasions or safety whereas standing in lengthy queues.
Tensions have soured additional in latest days amid clashes alongside the border in Afghanistan’s japanese province of Kunar.
Six Pakistani troops have been wounded on October 27 and 28 in unprovoked mortar and heavy weapon firing by Afghan troopers.
Pakistani consular providers stay open in Herat, Jalalabad and Mazar-i-Sharif, in keeping with the embassy spokesperson, who beneficial that candidates journey to Jalalabad in the event that they wanted a visa urgently.