The acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, met with the head of the Pakistan diplomatic mission in Kabul, Obaid Rahman Nizamani, and discussed bilateral relations as well as the release of Afghan inmates from Pakistan’s prisoners.
Muttaqi said that Nizamani’s return to Kabul will improve the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, quoted Nizamani as saying that the Pakistan embassy will work together with the Afghan Foreign Ministry to work on a mechanism to simplify the visa process.
“If the embassy is opened, it is good for both Afghanistan and Pakistan,” said Tahir Khan, a Pakistani journalist.
This comes as some residents of Kabul expressed concerns over the existing problems in obtaining Pakistan’s visas.
“Whenever we apply for the visa, they don’t give us a determined and exact date ... The amount of money which we should pay is not exact,” said Mohammad Khalid, a resident of Kabul.
“We want the Pakistan government to pay serious attention to resolving of these problems and to help us in this regard,” said Ahmad Sahil, a resident of Kabul.
Political analysts believe that Islamabad should be sincere in its engagement with Afghanistan in all aspects.
In December 2022, Nizamani left Kabul for Islamabad following an attack on the country’s embassy in Kabul.