ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has expressed commiseration and sympathy with the Polish Ambassador Dr. Krzysztof Debnicki over the abduction of a Polish engineer working in Attock. The Ambassador called on him at the Prime Minister House Sunday evening. French Ambassador Daniel Jounnaeu, who is also President of EU group of Ambassadors also accompanied him.
The Prime Minister assured the Ambassadors of his governmentâ€™s full protection to the European diplomats as well as foreign citizens living in Pakistan. The Prime Minister regretted the fact that though the Polish engineer had been provided 10 gunmen for his security and had been requested not to move around without them, he opted to take only one of them along with him on Sunday morning and the militants took advantage of the relaxed security.
The Prime Minister said his government is fully alive to the threat of the terrorists, but called for adherence to the advice of Pakistani security agencies to the foreigner friends for their own safety. The Prime Minister of Poland has also sent a condolence message to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the three Pakistanis killed in the kidnapping incident.
According to the sources Gunmen kidnapped a Polish engineer in northern Pakistan on Sunday, shooting dead his two drivers and a security guard during the abduction in the latest violence to hit the nation, officials said. Poland’s foreign ministry confirmed the kidnapping, while the engineer’s company said he was ambushed as he and colleagues were travelling to oil plants northeast of the Pakistani capital to carry out some tests.
The Chinese, working for Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment, were still being held by the Taliban who were demanding the release of fellow militants from custody in return for their freedom, officials said. Two Chinese engineers, who were working on a multi-million-dollar hydroelectric dam project, were also kidnapped in late 2004 by Islamic militants in the troubled tribal region of South Waziristan.
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