Afghanistan closes Peshawar consulate over 'harassment' of diplomats

Published: May 31, 2016
Security forces’ personnel stand near the site of the bomb blast at the Torkhan border crossing. PHOTO: INP

Security forces’ personnel stand near the site of the bomb blast at the Torkhan border crossing. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan closed on Tuesday its consulate in Peshawar over alleged “harassment” of its diplomatic staff, Afghan sources said.

“We closed the consulate because of mistreatment of some diplomats in Peshawar this morning by security personnel,” the source told The Express Tribune.

The move came as Pakistan was set to introduce border manage­ment system at Torkha­m.

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A senior security official had said on Monday the first border management system at Torkham, Khyber Agency will become functional from June 1 after which people without a valid passport will no longer be allowed to cross into Pakistan.

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The decision was part of a comprehensive project to secure the Durand Line.

After Torkham, the rest of the seven entry points into Pakistan from Afghanistan – right from Arandu in Chitral to Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan – will be built in the same manner, subject to funding and other modalities involved, the official added.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • abood
    May 31, 2016 - 8:17PM

    They were terrorist and new they would be caught after the system is thought lets exit before 1st never let them come bak.Recommend

  • ZAK
    May 31, 2016 - 10:01PM

    Without strict border control you cannot eliminate terrorists and spys.

    So introduce strict border control and round the clock survillance in future.Recommend

  • sk
    Jun 1, 2016 - 7:49AM

    Pakistan has its sovereign right to seal the borders on its side & to ensure strict measures at its wish to ensure safety of their own citizens. Afghanistan should not shy away from its responsibility & cooperate with Pakistan in ensuring better future for Pakistanis in their neighborhood as well as their own citizens living in Pakistan as well as border area. Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 1, 2016 - 9:17AM

    You can check diplomats, no international law against it. Afghanistan should stop behaving like colonial powers or we would put them in their place Recommend

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