Karachi, February 7: An Afghan diplomat has been shot dead by a security guard at the country's consulate in Karachi on Monday. A statement from the Afghan embassy in Islamabad did not confirm the diplomat's identity but said the private security guard was Afghan. The 26-year-old junior diplomat, Mohammad Zaki Abdu, was the third secretary of the Afghan foreign mission here.
Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal described the shooting on his official Facebook account. “Firing inside Afghan Consulate General in Karachi at around 12:30 pm today has been carried out by an Afghan guard inside the compound resulting in the fatality of one of our diplomats. It seems to be a personal dispute related criminal act,” he wrote.
Also Afghanistan has assigned a delegation from the Afghan embassy in Islamabad to investigate and follow-up the case in collaboration with the Pakistani authorities.
According to Dawn, “Initial findings suggest that it is not an act of terrorism,” said Karachi-South DIG Azad Khan. He said the guard was an Afghan national whose services were hired by the consulate. Members of consulate staff informed the police that a few days ago the slain diplomat had become involved in an altercation with the guard over an issue inside the consulate.Karachi-South SSP Saqib Ismail Memon told that the incident occurred in the lobby of the consulate’s building. He said the guard had fired a volley from an SMG rifle, adding that the diplomat died on the spot. When the police entered the consulate’s building after the incident, the guard surrendered himself to them and handed over the SMG rifle to them. The police found several spent bullet casings at the crime scene.