PESHAWAR: The whereabouts of Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Khaliq Farahi, abducted on Tuesday by some unidentified gunmen, remained unknown as no group has yet claimed the responsibility of his kidnap. As statements of Pakistan and Afghanistan’s senior officials reveal, hunt is on for immediate recovery of Abdul Khaliq. Farahi was working as Consul General in Peshawar and was about to be appointed as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan.
Khyber Agency political administration said several check-posts were set up at Pak-Afghan highway and Bara immediately after kidnap of Farahi. It further said Afghan ambassador was not brought to Khyber Agency. Kidnappers could take him to Mohmand Agency or Waziristan, a circle believes.
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to his Afghan counterpart Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta in New York on the kidnapping of Abdul Khaliq Farahi, Consul General of Afghanistan in Peshawar and the Ambassador-designate to Pakistan. Foreign Minister Qureshi strongly condemned the kidnapping and extended his deep condolences on the death of Farahi’s driver who lost his life in the unfortunate incident.
Foreign Minister Qureshi assured Foreign Minister Spanta that the government of Pakistan was taking all necessary measures for the safe and early recovery of Ambassador-designate Abdul Khaliq Farahi. Farahi is well respected in Pakistan for his commendable work toward promotion of Pak-Afghan relations. Foreign Minister Qureshi and Foreign Minister Spanta both are in New York with their respective Presidents to attend the 63rd UN General Assembly session.-SANA