Pakistani diplomats in Afghanistan missing since Friday

According to a press statement issued by the ministry, two officials from Pakistan's Consulate General in Jalalabad have been missing since Friday.

"The matter has been raised with the relevant Afghan authorities, who have informed that all efforts were in hand to probe the incident".

In response, Afghan authorities have sent three investigation groups to ensure the officials' safe return, the statement said.

Pakistan did not want to speculate whether the diplomats had been kidnapped. "We are in constant touch with the Afghan authorities". Various Afghan militant groups have targeted diplomats in the past.

Jalalabad is a busy trading hub about 70km from the main border crossing with Pakistan, from which landlocked Afghanistan imports much of its goods.

"The government of Pakistan has opened Kharlachi crossing with Afghanistan in Kurram area with effect from today (Saturday)", the Foreign Office said.

In February, Pakistan completely sealed the border crossing with Kabul for over a month after the attacks.

In addition, the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, which is mainly active in Syria and Iraq, has recently managed to take recruits from Afghan Taliban defectors.

The incident occurred almost a month after Afghan intelligence officials detained two staffers of Pakistani embassy in Kabul for three hours.

  • Leroy Wright