Body of Pakistani diplomat killed in Afghanistan arrives in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: Dead body of Shaheed Nayyar Iqbal Rana, an official of Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad, arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon.

His body was transported to Peshawar through Torkham border amidst strict security arrangements. After the body was handed over to Pakistani authorities, Torkham crossing was re-opened for common traffic.

His funeral prayers would be offered at Masjid Hanfia in G-7/2 Sector of the capital at 4.00 pm. Later, he would be laid to rest at capital’s graveyard.

He was martyred by unknown assailants in Jalalabad on Monday evening.

Two assailants riding a motorbike opened fire on Nayyar Iqbl Rana, 52, at a shop in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan told AFP.

“When he went to the hospital he was pronounced dead,” Khan said.

Nangarhar governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the deadly attack.

“Police have launched an investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made so far,” Khogyani told AFP.

Pakistan condemned the assault in a statement issued by its foreign ministry that called on Afghanistan to take “urgent steps to apprehend the perpetrators”.

Rana was the assistant to the consul general in Jalalabad, the capital of restive Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan.

The foreign ministry statement said Rana had finished “his three year tenure in Jalalabad and was due to return to Headquarters”.

Khan said he had “absolutely no idea” why Rana, a father of five, was targeted.

Despite escalating violence across Afghanistan diplomats are rarely killed in the country where they are protected by very tight security.

The incident comes a few months after two Pakistani diplomats working at the same consulate in Jalalabad were kidnapped and later freed.

It also comes as relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan remain tense.–Samaa/app

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Story first published: 7th November 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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