2003 attack on the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul

The 2003 attack on the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul occurred when up to 500 Afghan protesters overran the embassy of Pakistan on 9 July 2003.[1] It was the second major attack since 1995, when the embassy was also assaulted by Afghan protesters.


The prior demonstration and protests against the alleged border incursions by Pakistan Armed Forces culminated in the attack and ransacking of the premises. The protesters shattered windows, broke down doors, and set the Pakistan flag on fire.[2] No one was injured.[3] The High Commissioner Rustam Mohmand of Pakistan accused the Afghan government of being unable to police its own capital, demanding compensation and announcing the embassy would remain closed.[4] After the incident, Afghan President Hamid Karzai officially apologised for the rampage and made a personal apology during a 25-minute conversation, stating that no such incident would happen again.[5]

At approximately 9:30 AM, 500 protesters chanting "Anti-Pakistan slogans" descended on the Pakistan High Commission building.[6] Testimony of nearby Western diplomats and staff revealed that Afghan officials were aware of the protest, though they apparently assigned no extra security.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Staff desk (9 July 2003). "Pakistan mission attacked; Karzai offers regrets". Dawn Area Studies. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  2. ^ NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE (10 July 2003). "Afghan protesters loot Pakistani embassy in Kabul". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  3. ^ Staff (9 July 2003). "Pakistan envoy meets Karzai". DAWN Areas, 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  4. ^ Todd Pitman, The Associated Press (9 July 2003). "Anti-Pakistan protesters raid embassy in Afghanistan's capital". semissourian. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  5. ^ NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , KABUL (10 July 2003). "Afghan protesters attack Pakistani Embassy in Kabul". Taipai Times. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  6. ^ DAVID ROHDE (9 July 2003). "Hundreds of Afghans Attacked the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  7. ^ Staff (9 July 2003). "Afghan protest swarms into the Pakistan Embassy". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 9 August 2013.

Coordinates: 34°54′23″N 69°14′06″E / 34.9063°N 69.2350°E / 34.9063; 69.2350

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