Family of missing Pakistan's envoy shows worries

ISLAMABAD Sun May 4, 2008 1:04pm IST

Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin is seen in this undated handout photograph released by the Pakistani embassy in Kabul on February 12, 2008. REUTERS/Pakistan Embassy/Handout

Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin is seen in this undated handout photograph released by the Pakistani embassy in Kabul on February 12, 2008.

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The family of Pakistan's ambassador to Kabul kidnapped by the Taliban in a tribal region three months ago expressed concern over the government's failure to recover him and urged authorities to expedite their efforts.

Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin went missing in the Khyber tribal region on the Afghan border along with his driver and guard while traveling to Kabul on February 11.

Last month, Azizuddin appeared in a video on an Arabic television saying he was being held by the Taliban and urged the Pakistani government to meet their demands.

"We, the wife, children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters and our close family are deeply concerned and in a state of anguish that after a lapse of almost three months there are no signs of his and his companions early and safe recovery," the statement released late on Saturday said.

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