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Afghan diplomat released after two years

afghanistan's former ambassador-designate to Pakistan, seized by gunmen two years ago in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, has been released and is safely back home, President Hamid Karzai's office said yesterday.

The diplomat, Abdul Khaliq Farahi, was freed in eastern Afghanistan late on Saturday and has returned to Kabul, where he met with Mr Karzai. No details were given on how he was freed.

Mr Farahi was heading from the Afghan consulate toward his home in Peshawar in September 2008 when gunmen stopped the vehicle and killed his driver.