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Pakistani envoy safely returns home after embassy attack in Kabul

Ubaid ur Rehman Nizamani, who escaped an armed assault on his life in the embassy in the Afghan capital, is visiting Pakistan for official engagements. 

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In welcoming news, Head of Mission in Kabul Ubaid ur Rehman Nizamani on Monday returned home days after an assassination attempt in Kabul.

According to the details, Ubaid ur Rehman Nizamani, who escaped an armed attack on his life in the embassy in Kabul, is visiting the country for official engagements.

“Our Head of Mission in Kabul Ubaid ur Rehman Nizamani is in Pakistan for a prescheduled visit for consultations,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed in a statement.

Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul came under attack on Friday with Chargé d’Affaires (CdA) to Afghanistan Ubaidur Rehman Nizamani targeted. The FO said the embassy compound came under attack and while Nizamani remained safe, a security guard, Sepoy Israr Mohammad, was “critically injured” in the attack while protecting the mission head.

The Afghan foreign ministry condemned the incident. Taliban foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi issued a statement saying that security institutions would “seriously investigate” the incident and identity the perpetrators to punish them.

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Meanwhile, Pakistan also raised a storm and demanded an investigation into the attack. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was the first Pakistani official to condemn the “dastardly assassination attempt”.

“Salute to the brave security guard, who took a bullet to save his life. Prayers for the swift recovery of a security guard. I demand immediate investigation and action against the perpetrators of this heinous act,” the prime minister tweeted.

A foreign member of the Islamic State (IS) group has been arrested in connection with an attack last week on Pakistan’s embassy in the Afghan capital, the Taliban’s chief spokesman said Monday.

Afghan government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Monday that special forces had arrested the person responsible for the embassy attack.

“This person is a citizen of a foreign country and a member of IS,” he said.

“The investigation revealed that this attack was jointly organized by IS and rebels. Some foreign malicious circles are behind the attack and the aim was to create distrust between the two brotherly countries.”

Read more: Afghan govt condemns attack on Pakistan envoy; assures “serious investigation”