Afghan ambassador-designate kidnapped in Pakistan (Lead)

September 22nd, 2008 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 22 (Xinhua) Afghan ambassador-designate to Pakistan Abdul Khaliq Farahi was kidnapped in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar Monday.The vehicle carrying Farahi was attacked by unidentified gunmen in the Hayatabad area of the capital city of North-West Frontier Province, News Network International (NNI) news agency said, adding that his driver was killed in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Farahi has been serving as consul general in Peshawar since 2001 and was to assume his new post of Afghan envoy to Pakistan, NNI reported.

The Afghan government sent his credentials to Pakistan’s foreign ministry a month ago and was awaiting the acceptance.

There were no security guards with the envoy at the time of the attack, witnesses said.

The NNI quoted the police as saying that they were not informed about his visit to Peshawar.

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