ISLAMABAD - Pakistani diplomats in Kabul fear a mob attack on their embassy following angry demonstrations outside their premises, officials said yesterday.

They believe the protests were sponsored by Afghan MPs and members of the country’s intelligence service.

Some ‘irresponsible’ statements by Afghan officials and lawmakers blaming Pakistan for the recent terrorist attacks in the country could incite a siege of its embassy, a diplomat warned.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said demonstrators had called for a ‘Jihad against Pakistan’.

“One of the parliamentarians from Kandahar, Abdul Jabbar Qaharman, said on a talk show that lessons should be taught to Pakistani ambassador as his country is promoting terrorism in Afghanistan,” he said.

“We have cautioned our embassy staff to follow strict safety measures when leaving the complex. Such statements have charged the people who can attack Pakistani officials,” he added.

Afghan authorities had started to directly blame Pakistan after Nato coalition soldiers and eight Afghan contractors were killed in an attack on an American military base in Kabul last Saturday. It was one of three attacks to jolt the capital injuring scores of people.

Another source at the Pakistani embassy said a member of the religious clerics’ council, Mawlvi Ahmed Gul, told protesters that Jihad (holy war) is legitimate against Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and Punjabi military.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had marked International Youth Day last Wednesday with a speech claiming that Pakistan was a founder and sponsor of terrorism.

“In such circumstances when responsible politicians instigate people against Pakistan, we fear an imminent attack on our embassy. We have already informed Foreign Office in this regard,” he said.

Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul was attacked by protesters in 2003 after Afghanistan accused the Pakistan Army of border incursions. A similar attack on the Pakistani embassy in 1995 left one casualty and several injured including the Pakistani ambassador.

“If Afghan lawmakers continue to blame Pakistan publicly for the terror attacks without any evidence, then one cannot rule out the possibility of another mob ambush on our staff. We keenly observe the developments taking place around us,” he said.

He said a prominent Afghan military official, Gen Abdul Raziq, accused Islamabad of directly supporting the Taliban to plot and coordinate attacks on Afghan soil.

Gen Raziq serves as provincial police chief of southern Kandahar province and leads the battle against Taliban insurgents in the neighbouring Helmand province.

Soon after the fresh terrorist attacks shook Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani accused Islamabad.

”Our relation with Pakistan is based on our international interests. If our people continue to be killed, relations lose meaning and I hope it will not happen,” Mr Ghani said.“We hoped for peace, but war is declared against us from Pakistani territory. This in fact puts into display a clear hostility against a neighbour,” the Afghan president said on Twitter.