Kabul  -  The embassy of Pakistan in Kabul has closed the Pakistani Consulate General in Jalalabad City in Nangarhar province to protest local officials’ intervention in activities of the diplomatic office, Tolo News reported on Friday.

“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 said in a press release on Friday.

The intervention of the local authorities is termed a “violation of Vienna Convention of Consular Relations 1963”, said the statement.

The embassy said the decision has been made in reaction to provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat’s intervention in activities of the consulate.

“The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul deeply regrets undue intervention of Governor Hayatullah Hayat in the functioning of the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Jalalabad is complete violation of the Vienna Convention of the Consular Relations 1963.”

The embassy said it has requested the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to “kindly refrain the governor from interfering in the functioning of the Consulate General and to ensure restoration of security of the consulate office as it existed on August 28, 2018.”

This comes after Nangarhar governor visited the Pakistan Consulate General on Thursday as part of his efforts to facilitate visa applicants.

Pajhwok Afghan News quoted Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, as saying that the governor was accompanied by the police chief, deputy governor and other local officials during his visit to the Pakistan consulate general and provided some management facilities to visa applicants to help them get visas without any problem.

Mr Hayat said as quoted by Pajhwok that he wants an organised visa issuance process because he receives dozens of complaints in this regard every day. The Pakistani embassy has also urged Afghan authorities to provide security to the consulate.

 

Monitoring Desk