Afghanistan's Only Female Diplomat Resigns In India After Gold-Smuggling Allegations

An Afghan diplomat in India, who was appointed before the Taliban seized power in 2021 and said she was the only woman in the country's diplomatic service, has resigned after being detained for allegedly smuggling gold.
Afghanistan's Only Female Diplomat:- An Afghan diplomat in India, who was appointed before the Taliban seized power. [RFA]
Afghanistan's Only Female Diplomat:- An Afghan diplomat in India, who was appointed before the Taliban seized power. [RFA]

Afghanistan's Only Female Diplomat:- An Afghan diplomat in India, who was appointed before the Taliban seized power in 2021 and said she was the only woman in the country's diplomatic service, has resigned after being detained for allegedly smuggling gold.

Zakia Wardak, the Afghan consul-general in Mumbai, announced her resignation on May 4 after Indian media reported she was briefly detained at the airport on allegations of smuggling 25 bricks of gold from Dubai. Reports said she wasn't arrested because of diplomatic immunity.

Wardak said that "I am deeply sorry that as the only woman present in Afghanistan's diplomatic apparatus, instead of receiving constructive support to maintain this position, I faced waves of organized attacks aimed at destroying me." RFA/SP

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