Afghan FM asks Pakistan to secure safe release of kidnapped diplomat

Other News Materials 25 September 2008 11:37 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta in meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmoud Qurishi stressed for safe release of kidnapped Afghan diplomat Abdul Khaliq Farahi, a statement of Foreign Ministry received here Thursday said, reported Xinhua.

"The meeting took place in New York during which the Afghan Foreign Minister, in addition to expressing deep concern over the abduction of council general in Peshawar, asked Islamabad to do its best in safe release of Farahi at its earliest," the statement added.

Farahi, serving council general in Peshawar and ambassador designate to Islamabad, was abducted by armed men early this week after his driver was shot dead by abductors outside Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

An Afghan delegation sent to Pakistan following the incident is still working with Pakistani officials to secure the safe release of the abducted diplomat.