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Pakistan mission in London attacked by Afghan protesters as US troops withdraw

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A group of Afghan national protestors threw stones and water bottles at the building of Pakistan High Commission (embassy) London and tried to sneak entry during a violent protest in the police presence, The News reported Tuesday.

A similar protest was held at the same time outside Qatar's London embassy, a short distance away, against Qatar's involvement in the ongoing Afghan peace process, but the protest there remained peaceful.

The footage shows several protestors throwing objects at Pakistan High Commission's premises, located in the Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge, and using inciting language.

The Pakistan High Commission confirmed to The News that a complaint has been launched with the UK government to take action against the hooligans and bring to justice those who were involved in criminal damage at the Pakistani premises.

The spokesman said that the video footage of the damage has been shared with the UK government authorities, requesting security arrangements in the same way as extensive security measures outside the premises of Israeli and Indian embassies in London - the two sites often the subject of protests by the rights groups.

The UK government has been reminded that during a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) protest in 2019.

It may be recalled that Pakistan High Commission building was vandalized by Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) in 2019 but no action was taken against the PTM. In the latest communication, Pakistan High Commission has informed the UK government that PTM's UK President Muhammad Yousaf was charged with sedition and conspiracy against Pakistan in February 2021.

The main organizers of the protest outside both Pakistan High Commission and Qatar embassy included Noor-Ullah, Dr Qasim Ibrahim, Fazal Khan Advocate, Zia-Ullah Hamdad, Bacha Khan, Shah Mehmood Khan, Atal Kawan, Sadaat Khan and Falik Nayaz Khan, according to the News.

On Sunday afternoon, nearly 200 protesters had gathered on the call of a group called "The Watan", which had called for protest against killings in Afghanistan. This group shares an address with Afghan embassy in London, at 31 Princes Gate, SW7.

When The News asked the spokesman for the group about the address of Afghan embassy given on its Facebook profile, he said: "You could be looking at the wrong Watan group as there are two groups of the same name".

When told that the same Watan group, which organized the protest on its page, shared an address with the Afghan embassy, the spokesman said he could not comment further.

The protest organizers handed over a memorandum to the High Commission.

The Watan's spokesman accepted that "some protestors" were involved in vandalism at the Pakistan High Commission. "We have informed the police about the incident," he was quoted as saying by the News.

This comes amid the ongoing Afghanistan peace talks. Earlier on Monday, former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, in an interview hit out at Pakistan and alleged that the neighboring country was eyeing to exert its strategic influence in Afghanistan through the Taliban. In addition, he had asserted that dominating Afghanistan will not work for Pakistan, as it did not work for other powers throughout history. Karzai remarked that dominating Afghanistan did not work for the British, for the Soviets, United States.

No US military or air base in Pakistan: FO

The Foreign Office (FO) has denied the presence of any US military or air base in Pakistan, stating that any speculation is "baseless and irresponsible" and should be avoided.

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