Rescue of kidnapped Pak diplomats a good news amid strained Pak-Afghan ties
President Ashraf Ghani broke protocol to phone the Pakistan charge d'affaires at the embassy to convey the news of the recovery of the duo employed in Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad.Updated: Jul 27, 2017 21:11 IST
Two Pakistani diplomats who had been kidnapped were recovered from captivity by Afghan security forces and handed over to the Pakistan embassy in Kabul.
President Ashraf Ghani broke protocol to phone the Pakistan charge d'affaires at the embassy to convey the news of the recovery of the duo employed in the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad.
Jan Khan and Muhammad Ejaz were abducted in Afghanistan’s restive eastern province of Nangarhar on June 16, while travelling from Jalalabad to Torkham.
Afghan officials informed the local media that their security forces on Wednesday conducted a successful intelligence-based operation and recovered the two diplomatic staffers who were then handed over to Pakistan by the Afghan foreign ministry.
Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal had earlier assured the Pakistani government that Afghanistan's security institutions and intelligence agencies were looking for the officials.
Pakistani foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua conveyed the Pakistani government's gratitude over the recovery of the staffers to Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai.
Afghan government forces are fighting both the main Taliban insurgents and fighters loyal to Islamic State for control of territory in Nangarhar.
The officials were expected to be flown back to Pakistan as soon as possible.
Their recovery marked a welcome news among the strained relations between the two countries.
Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to Afghan Taliban commanders based within its borders and of supporting the militant group, something Islamabad denies.
Islamabad has claimed that Kabul is not doing enough to tackle Pakistani Taliban militants who have been driven out of Pakistan, but who still carry out attacks across the border. (with inputs from Reuters)
First Published: Jul 27, 2017 15:21 IST