Pakistan FM Condemns Kidnapping of Iranian Diplomat

A04000978.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistani Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi condemned abduction of an Iranian diplomat in Peshawar, and assured Tehran that Islamabad would adopt all the necessary measures for his release.

Heshmatollah Attarzadeh, commercial attache of the Iranian consulate in Peshawar, capital of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), was kidnapped from Hayatabad neighborhood when he was heading to his office, Pakistan’s police said.

The kidnappers shot dead the diplomat’s guard and took Attarzadeh to an unknown place.

“Foreign Minister Qureshi assured the Government of Iran and the family of the Iranian diplomat that it will take all necessary measures for his safe and early recovery,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In the unfortunate incident the Security Guard of the Third Secretary also got killed.

According to the Islamic republic news agency, the Pakistani minister also extended his deep condolences to the family of the deceased Security Guard, added the statement.

Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Mashallah Shakeri said Islamabad is responsible for ensuring security of foreign diplomats including the kidnapped Iranian consulate staff.

The ambassador said that Iranian officials were following up the case immediately after the incident and were making contacts with the Pakistani officials to this end.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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