Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin who was kidnapped more than three months ago has been recovered safely. Foreign Office spokesman, Muhammad Sadiq said in Islamabad on Saturday that Tariq Azizuddin was heading to the Afghan capital, Kabul with his driver when he disappeared in the Khyber tribal district bordering Afghanistan on February 11. The spokesman confirmed that the Ambassador who was recovered late yesterday is safe and sound. Prime Minister advisor for Interior Rehman A Malik Saturday made it clear that abducted Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin was recovered without any deal.
Talking to media after return of the abducted ambassador on Saturday, Rehman Malik said no prisoner was exchanged to secure release of Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin but he was recovered through an action by the law enforcement agencies. “Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani issued clear directives for release of Azizuddin, after which the law enforcement agencies got him released through an action, “he added.
Meanwhile, Tariq Azizuddin returned home after released by the abductors after three months. It may be noted that Tariq Azizuddin was kidnapped from Khyber Agency on February 11, 2007, while he was on his way to Afghanistan. In videotape released on April 19, 2008, Tariq Azizuddin had appealed to the government of Pakistan for arranging his release by accepting the demands of the Taliban. Tariq Azizuddin was recovered after lapse of three months and 11 days.
While Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin’s brother Imran Azizuddin has thanked government efforts for release of his brother’s release. Talking to Private TV Channel after recovery of his brother on Saturday, Imran Azizuddin said that he was grateful to the government of Pakistan, whose efforts finally materialized into the release of Tariq Aziz. He said that he worried about his brother’s health, as he (Tariq) remained in the custody of abductors for 70 days. Expressing his gratitude to the channels which gave due importance to this issue, Imran said there has been no contact with Tariq Azizuddin thus far. Tariq’s sister, Erum said she was very happy and thankful to the Govt. of Pakistan. It may be recalled that Tariq Azizuddin was kidnapped from Khyber Agency on February 11, 2007, while he was on his way to Afghanistan.