Kidnapped Pak envoy reaches home, talks to media

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Islamabad, May 17 (UNI) Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin, who was released by local Taliban militants after spending more than three months in captivity, has reached home.

He was accompanied by Advisor to Prime Minister on interior Rehman Malik.

Thanking the Pakistan government, Mr Azizuddin said, ''I am grateful to the government of Pakistan and the Prime Minister for securing my release.'' Taliking to mediapersons, Mr Aziz said, ''The kidnappers did not mete out harsh treatment to me. They were all locals. They looked like Mujahideen. They did not tell me about the places they took me to.'' ''They were little upset for the last 4-5 days and were talking about some action by law enforcement agencies in Parachinar tribal region,'' he added.

Mr Malik categorically denied any deal with the militants and said, ''There was no deal with terrorists. Action by law enforcement agencies made his (Azizuddin) release possible.'' UNI XC RJ KN2020

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