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Kidnapped Afghan diplomat 'freed'

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Afghanistan's ambassador-designate in Pakistan, Abdul Khaliq Farahi, has been released a week after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, reports say.

Mr Farahi was seized after six men ambushed his car last Monday. His driver died in the attack.

Mr Farahi was the Afghan consul in Peshawar. He was kidnapped from the upmarket Hayatabad locality.

Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have improved since Asif Zardari became Pakistani president.

Ties have been strained for years with Kabul complaining that Islamabad was not doing enough to stop Taleban militants operating in sanctuaries on the Pakistani side of the border.

"He (Mr Farahi) has been recovered," news agency Reuters quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying.

There has been no public confirmation of the release.

The Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) quoted sources as saying that Mr Farahi was released from the tribal Khyber Agency area.


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