Pakistani Envoy Returns To Kabul Five Months After Surviving Assassination Attempt

Pakistani Envoy Returns To Kabul Five Months After Surviving Assassination Attempt
Five months after being attacked in Kabul, the chargé d'affaires of the Pakistan Embassy in Afghanistan, Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizamani, took control of his office.

Ubaid Ur Rehman Nizamani was unharmed when the attack took place on December 2, 2022, but one security guard was critically injured.

The Foreign Office later revealed that Nizamani was the attack's intended target. A month after the Pakistani diplomat assumed control of his office, the incident occurred. Later, the Khorasan wing of the outlawed militant group Daesh claimed responsibility.

Mansoor Ahmed Khan previously led the Pakistani mission in Kabul till November 4, 2022.

Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting foreign minister of Afghanistan, is expected to visit Islamabad with a delegation in the first week of May, and diplomatic sources said on Tuesday that the Pakistani diplomat's return to work in Kabul was a significant development.

It's also crucial to remember that last week, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari spoke with his Afghan counterpart over the phone.

Pakistan has threatened to take measures if Afghan leaders don't keep their promise to halt terror attacks coming from their country.

After taking over, the Pakistani envoy called the Afghan foreign minister and "discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest."

The ambassador additionally displayed Quranic calligraphy created by renowned Pakistani calligraphers Asghar Ali and Naqash e Masjid-e-Nabvi.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Office, stated in a separate statement that Ubair ur Rehman met Amir Khan Muttaqi after arriving in Kabul.

The Pakistani envoy was welcomed, and FM Muttaqi expressed the hope that his return would improve the two countries' diplomatic ties.

At the meeting, FM Muttaqi called the release of the vast majority of Afghans from Karachi's prisons a welcome development and urged the release of the remaining Afghans before Eid ul Fitr.

Nizamani was urged to "further increase transparency in the visa issuance process" by the Afghan foreign ministry.

Nizamani, for his part, expressed the hope that his return would lead to an improvement in the ties between the two countries and added that the Pakistani Embassy will collaborate with the MoFA Afghanistan on a system to make obtaining visas easier.