Iran Reiterates Pakistan’s Responsibility for Safe Return of Diplomat

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian lawmaker reminded Islamabad here on Friday that it is responsible for the life of the Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Pakistan earlier this month.

In accordance with international conventions, diplomats enjoy political immunity, and therefore, safeguarding the life of kidnapped Iranian diplomat in Pakistan is up to the Pakistani government, Member of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told the Islamic republic news agency here on Friday.

Heshmatollah Attarzadeh, commercial attaché of the Iranian Consulate in Peshawar, was kidnapped when he was heading to his office on November 13, Pakistani police said.

The police said that vehicle of Attarzadeh was intercepted by some unknown armed men who took him hostage and on resistance gunned down his guard identified as Sajjad, before fleeing from the scene.

There has been no information about him since then.

“The National Security Commission is sensitive towards such issues and keeps in constant touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pursuing the issue closely,” Falahatpisheh added.

Meantime, Islamabad said that the Pakistani forces have not yet found any clues leading to the whereabouts of Iran’s kidnapped diplomat, adding that they are doing their best to find his place and return him..

“We have not yet received any information about Iranian diplomat, but we have assured the Iranian government that no stone will be left unturned in the safe recovery of Heshmatollah Attarzadeh,” said Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq at his weekly briefing.

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