The Taliban lost their last diplomatic contact with the outside world Thursday when Pakistan informed the staff of the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad — controlled by the Taliban — that it should shut down.

Diplomats came to their offices early in the morning, but left after a few minutes, embassy official Mufti Yousuf said.

``We are delighted to know that Pakistan is severing diplomatic relations with the Taliban,'' said Kenton Keith, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition.