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14:45 | 2009-11-13


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Pakistan Vows to Apprehend Killers of Iranian Consulate Official

TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistan on Thursday vowed to apprehend culprits who killed a Pakistani employee at Iranian consulate in north western city of Peshawar.

Police sources said that gunmen shot dead Director Public Relations of Iranian consulate Abul Hasan Jaffery near his home when he was heading to his office in his car.

Talking to the Islamic republic news agency, exclusively Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit, said that no one has been arrested so far in connection with the killing. "We are in touch with the provincial government to get the latest update of the incident," he added.

"Government is taking the matter very seriously and serious efforts are underway to bring the culprits to justice," said Abdul Basit.

Police said Jaffery critically injured in firing and died later in military hospital of wounds. Abul Hasan Jaffery, 52, had been working in Iranian consulate for 22 years.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Witnesses said that two gunmen riding motorcycle fled after the incident.

Abdul Basit condemning the criminal act said, 'we express our condolences with the bereaved family'.

He said that the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have also condemned the incident.

In November last year, gunmen had kidnapped Iranian commercial attaché in Peshawar, who has been missing since then.

The Iranian Ambassador in Islamabad Masha'Allah Shakeri condemned the attack and said security of the Iranian employees is responsibility of the Pakistani government.