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Kabul Protests Mistreatment of Afghan Ambassador by ISI Officials

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Afghanistan expressed its strong objection over the summoning of its Ambassador to Islamabad by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) on Monday.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that personnel of Pakistan’s intelligence agency has mistreated Atif Mashal, the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan.

MoFA described Pakistan’s action “In clear contradiction with diplomatic norms and principles.”

“The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, once again calls on the Pakistani Government to align its diplomatic relations with Afghanistan in compliance with international conventions and accepted diplomatic norms,” the statement further said.

On Sunday, Pakistan closed visa operations at its Embassy in Kabul, citing security concerns. Islamabad claimed that its Embassy staff had faced harassment.

In response, Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Kabul would seriously investigate Pakistan’s claim of security concerns.

“The Government of Afghanistan is committed to providing safety to the diplomats of Pakistan as well as other diplomats in the country,” MoFA statement concluded.

Tensions between the two neighbors have been high in recent weeks.

Last month, Afghanistan closed its consulate in Peshawar after Pakistani police in Peshawar removed the national flag of Afghanistan from Khan Market, a property owned by Afghanistan’s national bank.

Last week, the two countries were involved in an exchange of gunfire along the Durand line after Pakistani forces crossed the disputed border.

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Two people killed in shooting at wedding party in Kabul

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At least two people killed as the result of a shooting at a wedding party in Kabul city on Friday night, police confirmed.

Kabul said in a statement that the incident took place at a wedding hall PD^15 of the city.

Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry said that the incident happened over personal disputes.

According to Arian, police have arrested the perpetrators, and an investigation underway about the incident.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses say that five people were killed in the shooting. 

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Regional consensus crucial to Afghan Peace Negotiations: SAARC

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Foreign Ministers of SAARC member states have emphasized the importance of the regional consensus for the success of the Afghan Peace Negotiations (APN).

In the SAARC Information meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, which was held virtually on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Acting Foreign Minster Mohmmad Haneef Atmar thanked SAARC member-states for their support to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

According to a statement released on Friday, Atmar called on the participating countries to extend necessary support to Afghanistan for achieving “a humanitarian ceasefire between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, based on the relevant UN Security Council Resolution.” 

“Atmar stressed that the humanitarian ceasefire would help enable relevant institutions of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to provide medical services to the affected communities living throughout Afghanistan,” the statement read.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia.

Its member states are Afghanistan, joined the organization in 2007, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

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Eight militants killed in Kandahar clash

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At least eight Taliban militants were killed and 11 more wounded in a clash with the Afghan forces in southern Kandahar provinces, police confirmed.

The incident took place in Takhta Pul district of Kandahar province on Thursday night.

Kandahar police spokesman Jamal Nasir Barakzai told Ariana News that the clash started after dozens of insurgents attacked a security checkpoint of the Afghan Security Forces. 

Meanwhile, the Afghan forces have also sustained casualties in the skirmish.

Barakzai stated that three policemen were killed and four others wounded in the battle.

The Taliban yet comment in this regard.

The Taliban have increased attacks of the Afghan forces across the country.

At least 64 Afghan Security and Defense Forces (ASDF) members have been killed in several days of clashes in central Uruzgan province.

Uruzgan officials confirmed the incident, saying that the center of the Gizab district of the province has been under besieging by the Taliban militants for several days. As well as the insurgents have launched coordinated attacks on Dihrawood in the past two days.

The officials have warned that the two districts would collapse to the hands of the Taliban if the government does not send reinforcement.

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