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Pakistani parliamentarians stuck in Kabul

Afghan policemen arrive at the scene of attacks in Kabul on April 15, 2012.
Afghan policemen arrive at the scene of attacks in Kabul on April 15, 2012. - Photo by AFP

KABUL: Pakistani women parliamentarians are trapped in the country’s embassy after Taliban militants  launched one of the biggest attacks on Kabul and three neighbouring provinces the previous day.

The delegation included Pakistan Muslim League’s (Q) Donia Aziz, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Aasia Nasir and Tahira Aurangzeb.

The lawmakers had reached Kabul Sunday to meet their Afghan counterparts.

“The embassy officials have taken good care of us,” a Pakistani parliamentarian said.

“We can hear incessant sound of shelling,” she added.

“Pakistani embassy is safe from Taliban attacks but the security clearance will be required before leaving the embassy premises,” the women lawmakers said. “We hope that we will get clearance within two hours.”

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called the trapped lawmakers and consoled them.

Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar also inquired their well-being in a telephonic discussion.

“Pakistan condemns the terrorist attacks in Kabul,” Pakistan’s foreign minister said.

A total of 47 people were killed and some 65 wounded in Kabul after the terrorist attack, with embassies and foreign military bases coming under fire in what the Taliban said was the start of its spring offensive.


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