FO rejects Afghan foreign ministry statements ‘casting aspersions on judicial process in Pakistan’ – World

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday rejecting comments from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, which said it "criticized the judicial process in Pakistan."

"We reject the insinuations contained in the statement issued by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding a market in Peshawar. It is deeply regrettable that a distorted and misleading account of the issue and related events has been submitted," said a statement issued by the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .

The comments refer to a decision taken by Afghanistan a day before indefinitely closing its consulate in Peshawar in protest at the fall of the Afghan flag in a disputed area known as the Afghan market.

The decision came after the Afghan Foreign Ministry denounced in a statement the conduct of a "night operation for the purpose of demolishing and evacuating merchants in the Afghan market in Peshawar."

"For a brief period of time they surrounded and besieged the market and with absolute disrespect they lowered the Afghan flag and the billboard of the Afghan market," the Afghan Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

Afghan consul general Muhammad Hashim Niazi, at a later press conference, described the withdrawal of the flag of the disputed property as a violation of diplomatic norms. He had asked Islamabad to "suspend the verdict of the court" and solve the problem through diplomatic channels.

He said the land mafia was behind the dispute and that his motive was to sow discord between the two countries.

The Foreign Ministry in its response today pointed out that the question "was between a private citizen and an alleged bank of Afghanistan" and that the court's verdict on the case in question had been decided in favor of the citizen in 1998.

"The recent enforcement action by the local administration occurred after the Afghan side of this legal dispute exhausted legal remedies. We reject any comments that throw spray on the judicial process in Pakistan," the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry also regretted the closing of the consulate and hoped that the decision would be reviewed.

"We hope that a private legal case will not be allowed to negatively affect relations between the two sister countries," the statement said.

According to a Dawn According to the report, the district administration in Peshawar evicted 180 Afghan merchants from the market on October 8 and withdrew the national flag of Afghanistan after Syed Intekhab Haider Abidi, the owner of the market, filed a petition for contempt of court in court. Superior of Peshawar, seeking the implementation of a previous trial in his favor.

Later, the administration handed over possession of the stores to Abidi.

The market is in front of Jinnah Park and extends over five land kanals. The National Bank of Afghanistan had been raising more than 1.5 million rupees as rent for tenants per month through its manager.

The place had been in the possession of the Afghan government for the last decades.



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