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Pakistan’s consulate in Jalalabad resumes visa operations today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Consulate General in Jalalabad, which remained closed for over one month, is set to resume its visa operations from today, according to the Foreign Office. In August, Pakistan shut down its consulate in Jalalabad citing security concerns and ‘undue interference’ by the governor of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in its working. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal in a statement said: “Pakistan’s Consulate General in Jalalabad which was closed on 30th August 2018 will resume its visa…

Pakistan’s consulate in Jalalabad set to resume visa operations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s consulate in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province will resume its visa operations from Monday (tomorrow) after over a month-long closure forced by security concerns and interference of Afghan officials in its working.   In August, Pakistan shut down its consulate in Jalalabad citing security concerns and ‘undue interference' by the governor of Nangarhar province in its working. A Foreign Office spokesperson, Dr Muhammad Faisal, in a statement on Sunday said: “Pakistan’s Consulate…

Pakistan closes consulate in Afghan city of Jalalabad

KABUL: Pakistan has closed its Consulate General in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan over meddling in the diplomatic office's internal affairs by local officials. “The Embassy wishes to inform that the Consulate General will remain closed until the security arrangements are complete to the satisfaction of the embassy,” the Pakistani embassy in Kabul said in a press release on Friday. The embassy said the decision has been made in reaction to provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat’s intervention in…

At least 15 killed as gunmen attack Afghan government building

JALALABAD: At least 15 people were killed on Tuesday in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad when gunmen stormed a government building, trapping dozens inside after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate, officials and witnesses said. The attack underlines the country’s dire security situation after 17 years of war, with Islamic State increasingly claiming attacks on civilian targets even as pressure builds for peace talks between the Western-backed government and the Taliban. There was no immediate…

Afghanistan attackers take dozens hostage in eastern city

JALALABAD: Gunmen stormed a government building in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, taking dozens of hostages after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate, officials and witnesses said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though the Taliban issued a statement denying involvement and a spate of deadly attacks on the city in recent weeks has been seen as a show of force by the Islamic State militant group. One witness, a passerby named Obaidullah, said Tuesday’s attack began…

11 killed in attack on Afghan education office: officials

JALALABAD: At least 11 people were killed after gunmen stormed an Afghan education office  compound in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, officials said, sparking an hours-long battle with security forces in the latest attack in the restive region. Ten others, mostly employees, were wounded in the second attack in Jalalabad city in as many days, Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said in a statement. Many of the workers were trapped inside the building during the gun battle between security forces…

Blast rocks Afghan city killing at least 12

JALALABAD: An explosion in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting killed at least 12 people, officials said Sunday, in the latest deadly violence to rock the country. Provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said a suicide bomber struck a market, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20. Khogyani said that 10 Afghan Sikhs were among the dead. The death toll was confirmed by interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish, adding the assault was "most probably" carried out by a…

Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15

JALALABAD:  A suicide attack at a funeral in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed at least 15 people and wounded 13, the governor’s spokesman said. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the attacker had blown himself up as people gathered for the funeral of a former district governor at a cemetery in the city. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes days after at least 41 people were killed and more than 80 wounded in a suicide attack on a…

Six dead as suicide blast hits Afghan political rally

JALALABAD: At least six people were killed when a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a crowd at a political rally in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, police said. The crowd had gathered in a sports stadium for a demonstration in support for President Ashraf Ghani, said Nangarhar province's police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal. "Six people including a woman and a child have been killed and 13 more injured, all of them civilians," he told AFP by phone. The toll was confirmed by the provincial…