Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Pakistan alive

December 22nd, 2008 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Dec 21 (Xinhua) The Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Pakistan in mid-November is alive and in good health, Iran’s satellite television channel Press TV reported Sunday.Heshmatollah Attarzadeh Niyaki, commercial attache of the Iranian consulate, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen Nov 13 when he was on way to office from his home in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. His driver was killed in the attack.

“The Iranian embassy’s efforts to locate the abducted diplomat have been satisfactory,” Iranian ambassador to Pakistan Mashallah Shakeri was quoted as saying.

“We were informed by Pakistani security officials that Attarzadeh is alive and we hope he will soon reunite with his family,” he added.

The Iranian foreign ministry has condemned the kidnapping saying the abduction was an act of “terror”.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has denounced the kidnapping, adding authorities would leave no stone unturned to find the kidnapped diplomat.

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