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    Two officials of Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad of Afghanistan has gone missing

    Two officials of Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan has gone missing, Foreign Office stated.


    Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakria said that both officers were coming to Pakistan by road on June 16th but did not reach Torkham border.
    “Pakistan has raised the issue with Afghan authorities,” Zakria added.
    He further said that Afghan government has established an investigation team to probe the issue.
    Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal has confirmed the incident.
    “Yes, I am aware of the incident and relevant institutions have been informed and a search operation is underway,” he said.
    Two diplomats based in the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad, an eastern Afghan city, went missing June 16 while traveling to Pakistan by road, the Foreign Office (FO) confirmed Sunday.
    A press release from FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria's office said Islamabad is in constant contact with Afghan authorities, and the matter of the diplomats' safety and recovery at the earliest has been raised with the relevant officials.
    "Pakistan has requested the Afghan government that all efforts may be made to ensure early recovery of our officials and bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice," the FO statement said.
    The FO added that Afghanistan is cooperating in the efforts to "probe the incident" and recover the two diplomats.
    "Three distinct investigating groups have been constituted to ensure the safe recovery of the officials," the statement added.
    The FO did not speculate who may be behind the disappearances, but various Afghan militant groups have targeted diplomats in the past.
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