ISLAMABAD ( Associated Press) — The United States condemned Friday’s attack on the Pakistani embassy in the Afghan capital, where a senior Pakistani diplomat survived but one of his guards was injured.
Just a day earlier, Islamabad called on the Afghan Taliban government to stop the Pakistani Taliban hiding in Afghanistan from carrying out terrorist attacks from its soil.
A still-unknown assailant or assailants fired at the embassy from a nearby building. Shortly after the shooting, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the “assassination attempt” on Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani, the head of Pakistan’s mission in Afghanistan, on Twitter.
Pakistan brought back the injured guard by helicopter and he remained hospitalized on Saturday.
The attack on the embassy came days after Pakistani Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar visited Kabul for talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki on a variety of topics, including the latest threat from the Pakistani Taliban, which recently invaded Pakistan. A month-long ceasefire was concluded with and called on fighters to resume attacks across the country.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday that the United States condemned the attack on the embassy, telling reporters that “we express our condolences and wish a speedy recovery to those affected by the violence. “
“The United States is deeply concerned by the attack on a foreign diplomat, and we demand a full and transparent investigation,” Price said.
US Charge d’Affaires for Afghanistan Karen Decker also condemned the attack on Nizamani in a tweet on Saturday.
Muttaki telephoned Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday night to condemn the “terrorist attack” against Nizamani.
Muttaki assured Bhutto-Zardari that “the Afghan government will swiftly bring the perpetrators of this heinous attack to justice,” according to a statement by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
A suicide bomber sent by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group blew himself up near a truck carrying policemen on their way to protect workers being vaccinated against polio near Quetta, Pakistan sought support from the Afghan Taliban to fend off attacks by the Pakistani Taliban. , A policeman and three civilians were killed in Wednesday’s attack.