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Pakistani diplomat found dead at Delhi residence

A senior Pakistani diplomat was found dead at his residence in the Capital late on Sunday evening.

delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2009 00:05 IST
HT Correspondent

A senior Pakistani diplomat was found dead at his residence in the Capital late on Sunday evening.

Police said the cause of death was electrocution by a hair dryer.

The incident happened at his residence in Vasant Vihar, South Delhi. Mohabbat Khan Afridi (47) was the political counselor for the high commission.

Police said the Pakistan authorities and Afridi’s family did not want a post mortem to be conducted on the body.

No case has been registered, as the police have no jurisdiction because he was a foreign national with diplomatic ties.

Police said the incident took place at around 9:30 pm when Afridi was drying his hair using an electric dryer in bathroom.

A short circuit caused current to flow through his body, said the police.

“The way his body was discovered suggests that he was blow drying his hair inside the bathroom with a hair dryer which had a short circuit,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

“Afridi had returned home late on Sunday evening and went to take a bath as he had to attend an official function,” the officer said.

Police said his wife found the body in the bathroom.

He was rushed to Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj where he was declared brought dead at 10:00 pm.

Police said there was no reason to suspect foul play.

His body was released at night and no post mortem was conducted.

No FIR has been registered at the police station and police have not received any complaint in the case.

Outside Afridi’s house in D7/9 in Vasant Vihar, the family’s domestic help, Mumtaz said, “The entire family has gone back to Pakistan. There is nobody here.”

Afridi was a brigadier-rank officer in the Pakistani Army and his wife and two children have been living in Vasant Vihar for the past three years in a government accommodation.