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Abducted Pakistani doctor thanks Nigerian government for safe release: Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has thanked the Nigerian government for the safe release of Dr. Abuzar Afzal, a Pakistani national abducted three months ago in Nigeria.

“We thank the Nigerian government and people for the safe release of a Pakistani citizen abducted since March in Nigeria,” Bilawal Bhutto said in a statement on Twitter.

“I would also like to thank everyone in Pakistan who worked tirelessly for his release,” he said.

Highly relieved by safe release of ?? national Abuzar M. Afzal, kidnapped in Nigeria since March! We thank leadership, government & people of Nigeria for all their help. I also commend the efforts of everyone in Pakistan who worked tirelessly to ensure this outcome.

– BilawalBhuttoZardari (BBhuttoZardari) July 10, 2022

Earlier, a statement issued by the Foreign Office said that Pakistani Dr Abuzar Muhammad Afzal, who was abducted by terrorists in Nigeria, had been released.

The statement said that the Government of Pakistan and the people of Nigeria fully appreciate the brotherly people and government of Nigeria for assisting in the safe release of the Pakistani citizen.

According to the statement, Dr. Abuzar Mohammad Afzal was abducted three months ago. He was among dozens of passengers taken hostage in the March 28, 2022 attack on a train from Abuja to Kaduna.

A statement from the Foreign Office said that Dr Abuzar Mohammad Afzal was the only foreigner among the seven hostages released, while 13 were released a month ago.

Also read: Kidnapped Pakistani doctor released in Nigeria

In a video message from Kaduna after his release, Dr. Abuzar thanked all those who worked for his release, the government and negotiators of Pakistan and Nigeria.

He also thanked the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister of State for External Affairs for their continued efforts to ensure his safe release and care.

“In connection with the release of Dr. Abuzar Muhammad Afzal, we also appreciate the liaison between the Nigerian political and military leadership and the two countries’ Foreign Ministries and High Commissions,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The statement said that Dr. Abu Dharr Mohammad Afzal has reached Abuja. To facilitate his travel to Pakistan, the Pakistan High Commission is providing emergency travel documents so that he can return to his hometown Multan and celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with his family and relatives. Be happy



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