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Afghan diplomat shot dead at Karachi consulate in Pakistan

An Afghan diplomat was shot dead on Monday in the Afghan consulate in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi, a police official said.

world Updated: Feb 06, 2017 16:27 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Pakistan,Karachi,Afghan Diplomat
An Afghan diplomat was shot dead in the Afghan consulate in Pakistan’s Karachi.(AP File Photo)

An Afghan diplomat was shot dead by a guard in the country’s consulate in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Monday, with police describing it as a case of “personal enmity” while ruling out terrorism.

The private security guard, an Afghan national stationed at the consulate, attacked third secretary Muhammad Zaki with an automatic weapon and shot him several times. The guard, identified as Rahatullah, was arrested, police officials said.

Regional police chief Azad Khan said the incident, which took place in the lobby of the consulate in Clifton area, was a case of “personal enmity”. Police officials ruled out any act of terrorism.

In a statement, Afghan ambassador Omar Zakhilwal also ruled out terrorism. “It seems to be a personal dispute related criminal act,” he told the media.

Giving details, Zakhilwal said the firing inside the consulate in Karachi at 12:30 pm was “carried out by an Afghan guard inside the compound, resulting in fatality of one of our diplomats”.

First Published: Feb 06, 2017 14:21 IST