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Two Pakistanis feared abducted in Iraq

July 25, 2004 18:53 IST

Two Pakistani nationals have disappeared in Iraq and are suspected to have been abducted, prompting Islamabad to make frantic efforts today to ascertain their whereabouts.

"We have learnt through our mission in Baghdad that two Pakistani men working for Al-Tamimi group of industries have disappeared," Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan said.

The missing persons have been identified as Raja Azad, a maintenance engineer and Sajjad Naeem, a driver working with  the group. Both hailed from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, family members of Azad have been quoted as saying they received information that he has been abducted while travelling from Baghdad to Halla while on duty Friday.

The family members of both the missing persons have appealed to the Pakistan government to make all efforts to locate them, media reports said here.

The Al-Tamimi group, a Kuwait-based company involved in construction business informed the Pakistani mission in Baghdad about their disappearance early yesterday, Khan said.

"As yet no one has contacted our mission in Baghdad or sent any message or demand to our government, we are in touch with our mission to ascertain their whereabouts," he told PTV.

Last month, Amjad Hafeez, a driver working for American  company was abducted by Iraqi militants. He was subsequently
released despite threats to behead him following appeals from Pakistan's religious parties as well as the government.

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