Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul has said that it was indefinitely closing its consular office in the Afghan capital due to security reasons, amid mounting tensions between the neighbouring countries.
“Owing to security reasons, Consular Section of the Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul will be closed from tomorrow, Monday, November 4, until further intimation,” said a press release by Pakistan’s Foreign Office.
Islamabad on Sunday summoned Afghanistan’s charge d’affaires over the harassment of Pakistani diplomats stationed in Kabul.
A statement issued by the Foreign Office said, “The Afghan Charge d’affaires was summoned today to convey serious concerns over the safety and security of the diplomatic personnel of the Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul, and its sub-missions.”
Closure of the visa section will come as a huge blow for many Afghans, hundreds of whom apply daily for permits to travel to Pakistan where they seek medical treatment, goods and university educations.