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Afghan President assures PM of diplomats’ security

ISLAMABAD, 13 JAN (DNA) – Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, spoke to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by the phone on Wednesday and assured him of security of Pakistani diplomats after militants attacked Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad.

The Islamic State of Dai’sh claimed responsibility for the attack that according to Afghan officials killed at least seven guards of the consulate.

Pakistan demanded of the Afghan gov’t of investigation into the incident and called for security of the country’s diplomatic staff.

“Afghan president made a telephonic call to the  prime minister of Pakistan and apprised him regarding the attack on Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad and expressed his concern And grief  and assured him for more security measures for Pakistan’s diplomats in Afghanistan,” the PM office in Islamabad said.

“The Prime minister stated that terrorism is a common enemy for both the countries and we will fight this menace together to eliminate it once for all,” a statement from the PM office said.

Nawaz Sharuf also conveyed his condolences on the deaths of Afghan security personnel to the Afghan president and thanked him for his concerns.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack targeting the Pakistani consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

In an Arabic statement released via Twitter, the group said the attack was carried out by three IS fighters, two of whom blew themselves up by detonating explosive belts.

“The attack lasted almost four hours during which the consulate building was destroyed and tens of its employees were killed together with a number of officers from the apostate Pakistani intelligence services,” local Afghan media quoted the statement as having said. =DNA

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