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Iranian diplomat's wife seek release of her kidnapped husband

Islamabad, Dec 18, IRNA - The wife of an Iranian diplomat kidnapped in northwestern Pakistan in November, has sent a letter to Pakistani authorities seeking her husband's early release, officials said on Thursday.

Commercial attache of Iran's consulate in Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Heshmatollah Attarzadeh Niaki, was kidnapped on November 13 by unidentified gunmen while he was on his way to work.

The attackers had killed the diplomat's guard and took Attarzadeh to an unknown place.

There has been no information about his whereabouts since then.

According to an official statement, Iran's Consul General Mohammad Eghbal Ali Asghari met the NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani on Wednesday to deliver the letter sent by Attarzadeh's wife.

Describing the Iranian diplomat's abduction as a highly unfortunate incident, the Pakistani governor apprised the distinguished guest about the efforts underway to ensure safe recovery of the diplomat.

"We are taking every possible measure to ensure safe recovery of the diplomat and we fully realize the feelings of his family members and his colleagues in this respect", Ghani told the Iranian diplomat.

He stated that the kidnapped diplomat was a guest in our country and it was a matter of anguish for government that the safety of a guest is violated.

The Iranian diplomat was kidnapped, a day after the slaying of an American aid worker in Peshawar, the incidents heightened fears that suspected militants hunting down foreigners.

No group has claimed responsibility over the abduction although in some recent attacks on foreigners in the region militants have taken responsibility.

In August, Lynne Tracy, the top US diplomat at US consulate, survived a gun attack on her armored vehicle.

The following month, Afghanistan's ambassador-designate Abdul Khaliq Farahi was kidnapped in the city and his driver killed.

The Afghan remains missing, as are a Chinese engineer and a Polish surveyor also seized in the northwest.

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