Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users show solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Gilles Kepel, Islamic and Arab world specialist

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Argentina braced for another debt default

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'What would you do?'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus: Liberia shuts most border points

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Netanyahu says Gaza operation will not end quickly

Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

  • EU broadens sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis

    Read more

  • Calls mount to ban France’s ‘violent’ Jewish Defence League

    Read more

  • France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs born in French zoo

    Read more

  • France evacuates its nationals from Libya

    Read more

  • Israeli strikes target symbols of Hamas power

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    Read more

  • Karzai’s cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack

    Read more

  • Libya oil tanker fire blazes out of control

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

  • French mayor files complaint against US father who risked kids’ lives on Mont Blanc

    Read more

  • French footballer Griezmann headed to Atletico Madrid

    Read more

Pakistani envoy in Afghanistan released

Latest update : 2008-05-17

Three months after his kidnapping, Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin was released in Afghanistan by Taliban militants and is on his way back to safety.

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (Reuters) - Suspected Taliban militants
have released Pakistan's envoy to Afghanistan more than three
months after he was kidnapped in Pakistan's Khyber tribal
region, a senior government official told Reuters on Saturday.
 

Pakistani television channels said the envoy, Tariq
Azizuddin, had been freed in Afghanistan.
 

A relative said Azizuddin was expected to return home to
his family in Islamabad shortly.
 

"The authorities contacted us and said that Aziz has been
released and he would be back by the evening," a family member
told Reuters.
 

Last month, Azizuddin appeared in a video on an Arabic
television saying he was being held by the Taliban and urged
the Pakistani government to meet their demands.
 

In his video, Azizuddin did not say what demands the
Taliban were making, but Pakistani media reports had reported
they had called for the release of several jailed militants.
 

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, however, later
denied that members the guerrilla movement were responsible for
abducting the envoy.
Pakistan's long tribal belt on the Afghan border is notorious
for being a haven for smugglers and bandits and has turned into
a major sanctuary for al Qaeda and the Taliban militants who
fled from Afghanistan after a U.S.-led invasion in the wake of
the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
 

Scores of people have been abducted in the dangerous border
region and the ambassador's disappearence highlighted mounting
lawlessness in the tribal areas.

Date created : 2008-05-17

COMMENT(S)