Peshawar: ‘Govt making all-out efforts to recover kidnapped ambassador’
PESHAWAR: NWFP Governor Awais Ghani said on Monday that the government was making all out efforts to recover the kidnapped ambassador Tariq Azizuddin. He said this while talking to journalists after attending the Islamia College Peshawar convocation.
However, the governor rejected the impression regarding the killing of the kidnapped ambassador. It may be remembered that Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin was abducted when he was passing through the Khyber Agency to Afghanistan in February. The authorities claimed that he had been kidnapped by the Taliban. After his abduction, the government started a search operation in the area where he was supposedly captured. However, the government has yet not been successful in finding the ambassador. It is expected that the government may launch a full-fledged operation for his rescue in the areas of Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan. “Some forces are out to destabilise the country,” Ghani said, however, he added that the government was fully committed to flushing out such elements. The governor admitted that the country was facing severe law and order challenges but hoped that the situation would soon be normalised. About the Afghan crisis, Ghani said the US and NATO forces would be going out of Afghanistan one day, but the Pakistani forces would stay in the tribal belt till law and order is restored in the area.