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Tariq Azizuddin : Forgotten Ambassador

By Muskan Hina • May 5th, 2008 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 3 Comments

Tariq Azizuddin, his driver and his bodyguard had disappeared on February 11 while they were going toward the Afghan border from Peshawar. Then a video was released which showed the abducted ambassador pleading for his release from the authorities and his friends amidst the masked men with weapons pointing at the ambassador.

The anguish of the family would be sky-high and when once again a deadlock has occurred in the talks between the Talibans and the government, the hope is diminishing for the release of the kidnapped ambassador.

Authorities might be trying at any level and secretly trying to get the diplomatic man back, but the progress is nowhere to be seen. Many months have been passed and the health of the ambassador is reported to be deteriorating and thats very alarming for the family.

The kidnapping of the ambassador is a slap on the security measures taken by the authorities in the restive areas, and the failure to get the Tariq Azzizuddin releases is another colossal failure. While the country is in the grip of numerous other crisis, there seems to be no media limelight over this crucial issue, but that must no be ignored by the officials, as ambassador symbolizes the Pakistan government.

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  1. Very well written.

  2. who can dare to disagree absolutely ,right mem,all said in single go .state of the art expression ,fabulous verbal swiftness,expert interpretation,indepth horizon ,digging approach,master piece of thoughts,extreme limelighting of the hidden issue ,marvellously floated and above all decent and unique name .my regards .

  3. It is an unfortunate situation where all the norms of diplomacy and civilized conduct is missing as you normally would expect in a chaotic country like Afghanistan. However, I have absolutely no doubts in my mind that our ministry of foreign affairs is doing what must be done. We must remember the fact that in such matters quiet diplomacy pusuasion and negotiation are the norm, you can’t go public with every move. You are dealing with a bunch of thugs, a gang and there normally are hardly any defined hierarchies and chain of commands. Still, I am confident that our government will prevail upon these gangsters and our representative will be soon released.

    Way back in late 1970s during President Carter’s era, there was an incident when all of the U.S. Embassy staff was taken hostage in Tehran and it took them 444 days to negotiate their release.

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