Pakistan embassy in Kabul to resume operations from today

Pak mission had earlier restricted operations in protest to various gangs' activities on its premises

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KABUL: Pakistan embassy in Kabul on Sunday said it would resume routine consular services from Monday after assurances from the Afghanistan government that it would take measures to arrest the gang of swindlers operating in the embassy premises.

The Pakistani mission had announced to restrict the issuance of visa to certain segments of the Afghan population due to a criminal gang operating outside the consular area. A spokesman of Kabul embassy had announced to issue a visa for Pakistan only to elderly persons, medical patients, women and businessmen.

The embassy has taken this step until an action against the gang operating outside its premises being taken by the authorities, the spokesman clarified in a statement. The visa restrictions will be continued until and unless Afghan authorities take action against the swindlers, the embassy said.

The embassy complained in its statement that the gang of Afghan con-men gives access to people to the Consular area of the diplomatic mission after extorting money from them.

“Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Kabul, with immediate effect, will only be issuing visa to elderly, patient, women and businessmen until the Afghan government takes action against the gang operating outside the Consular area and extorting money from visa applicants for access to the consular area,” a statement displayed on the website of the embassy said.

However, the decision was reversed after a meeting between Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Idress Zaman and Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan.

Zaman assured Khan that the authorities will take action against the group that was involved in harassing and extorting money from visa applicants. Zaman further said that a “full inquiry will be conducted and necessary measures will be put in place to prevent such criminals from operating near and about the embassy premises”, the press statement read.

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