Pakistan reopens consulate in east Afghan city

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Sunday it has reopened its consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad that was closed in August over what Pakistani officials had claimed “interference” in diplomatic affairs by local Afghan officials.

Afghan officials had denied any intervention, saying they had taken certain security measures for thousands of visa seekers who gathered outside the consulate, reports Xinhua news agency.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said the Consulate General in Jalalabad, closed on August 30, will resume its visa operations on Monday after assurances by the Afghan government that all necessary security will be provided to it.