India using Afghan soil for terrorist activities in Pakistan, says foreign secy

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2017

A Pakistani diplomatic official was shot by unknown gunmen near his residence in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said. According to the sources, Rana Nayyar Iqbal was shot down by an unidentified gunmen around 6pm, as per news the local news. He is survived by his widow and five children.

Provincial governor's spokesman Ataullah Khogyani confirmed the incident and said the deceased individual has been identified as Nara Iqbal who was also famous as Rana.

Briefing a meeting of Senate's Committee on Foreign Affairs here, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said Pakistan had told the United States that Indian intelligence agency - the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) - was using Afghan soil for terrorist activities in Pakistan.

Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal, also condemned the killing in a message on Twitter, and said he conveyed the Afghan government's sympathies to the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad.

The victim was working in the consulate's visa section and went shopping without a security detail, Khogyani added.

Later in the day, the funeral prayers of the diplomat were held in the federal capital, which were attended by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.

Pakistan strongly condemned the killing of Rana who serving at its Consulate General in Jalalabad.

The incident occurred after two officials of the Pakistani consulate went missing in July as they were returning to Pakistan by road but were rescued later. She said that the United States was also conveyed that for Pakistan it is in its own interests to fight terrorism and "we cleared the areas up to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Khyber-IV and two other military operations".

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