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Afghan diplomat shot dead by Pak guard at consulate

Last updated on: February 07, 2017 00:17 IST

An Afghan diplomat was on Monday shot dead by a security guard following an altercation between the two inside the Afghan Consulate in this Pakistani port city.

Private security guard Hayatullah Khan opened fire on the third secretary, Zaki Abdu, in the lobby of the Consulate in the high-security Clifton area after a personal disagreement between the two, according to the Deputy Inspector General South Azad Khan.

"There is no terrorism element in this sad incident," DIG Khan said.

"This is not a premeditated act neither a terrorist act. The guard opened fire on the spur of the moment after he lost his temper following an argument with the deceased over timings," the police official said.

"We have checked the CCTV cameras and recorded eyewitness statements," he said.

The diplomat killed was the brother of Mohammad Abdul, an MP from northern Balkh province, Afghanistan's Tolo News reported.

Afghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted by Khaama Press as saying that a delegation comprising of officials from the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad and Pakistani officials has been formed to probe the incident.

A statement by MoFA said the delegation has been sent to Karachi city to jointly probe the killing of diplomat.

The Afghan Consulate is located in the heavily secured and posh area of Clifton and the provincial government has deputed security outside the building.

There are a number of other foreign consulates in the area and also the Bhutto family's residence is situated in the locality.

Khan said Hayatullah has been taken into custody and investigations have begun.

The guard was an Afghan national employed by the Consulate. Police cleared the Consulate building for resumption of work after a thorough search.

Security of the area has been increased after the incident, a Sindh government official said.

Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal was quoted by The Express Tribune as saying that it was not an act of terrorism.

"It seems to be a personal dispute related criminal act," Zakhilwal said.

The Afghan envoy said the firing inside the Afghan Consulate in Karachi at around 12:30 pm was carried out by an Afghan guard inside the compound resulting in the fatality of one of the diplomats.

IMAGE: Ducks walk in front of the Afghan consulate, where a paramilitary soldier stands guard after an Afghan diplomat was shot dead on Monday in the consulate in Karachi. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/ Reuters

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