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Pak embassy official shot at in Nepal

world Updated: Apr 15, 2011 01:15 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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An official of the Pakistan embassy in Kathmandu sustained bullet injuries when he was shot at by an unidentified gunman on Thursday.

Mehboob Asif, posted in the visa section of the embassy, was riding to work on a motorcycle when the assailant fired four rounds at him. Police say the assailant escaped on Asif’s motorcycle, later found abandoned outside a hospital.

The victim who sustained bullet injuries on his stomach and hand was rushed to the nearby hospital. He is stated to be out of danger.

In a statement, the Pakistani embassy expressed the hope that the Nepal government would take appropriate steps “to bring the criminals to justice.”

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Nepal Syed Abrar Hussain said that he was confident that the investigating authorities would look into the matter seriously.

The police have arrested five persons in connection with the incident and have detained several others for questioning.