Whereabouts of Kidnapped Iranian Diplomat Unclear

A04000979.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Ambassador to Islamabad Mashallah Shakeri said on Friday that so far no credible report has been received about the whereabouts of the Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped by gunmen in Peshawar on Thursday.

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

The Iranian ambassador told MNA that there is also no news about the identity of kidnappers. He said so far no group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Shakeri said Iran’s diplomatic missions in Pakistan along with the Pakistan government have launched a serious effort to win the freedom of the diplomat.

Pakistan’s top officials including the president, prime minister and foreign minister have condemned the kidnapping of the diplomat.

Iran’s ambassador said local officials and the party leaders have contacted him to express their worry over the kidnapping.

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry on Friday blamed local Taliban for the abduction of the diplomat and other foreigners.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have insisted that the government will take all necessary measures for the safety of the kidnapped emissary.

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