Afghanistan shuts down its Consulate in Peshawar


ISLAMABAD, OCT 12 (DNA) –The Afghan govt has closed down its Consulate in Peshawar after a dispute about a market in Peshawar.

According to Foreign Office of Pakistan, the Afghan decision is unfortunate and it is hoped that the Afghan authorities will review their decision.

The Foreign Office further said “We reject insinuations contained in the statement issued by the Afghan Foreign Ministry regarding a market in Peshawar. It is deeply regrettable that a distorted and misleading account of the issue and related events has been presented”.

It further  pointed out that the market issue was between a private citizen and a purported bank from Afghanistan.

The case was decided in favour of the private citizen in 1998. The recent enforcement action by the local administration occurred after legal remedies were exhausted by the Afghan party to this legal dispute.

“We reject any comments casting aspersions on the judicial process in Pakistan”, the FO spokesman added.=DNA