Pakistani diplomats abducted in Afghanistan rescued

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Islamabad, July 26 (IANS) Two Pakistani diplomats who were abducted in Afghanistan were recovered in an operation conducted by security forces, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told Pakistani officials in Kabul on Wednesday.

The two officials of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad were kidnapped last month when they were travelling from Jalalabad to Torkham.

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal had assured the Pakistani government that Afghanistan’s security institutions and intelligence agencies were looking for the abducted officials.

President Ghani personally phoned Pakistan’s Charge d’Affaires in Kabul to inform the mission that Afghan security forces had recovered the officials, a Foreign Office statement here said.

Subsequently, the two officials were handed over to the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They were expected to return to Pakistan soon.

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