Saudi diplomat killed in Karachi

May 16, 2011

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its strong condemnation of the assassination of a Saudi diplomat in Pakistan this morning. The victim, Hassan Misfer Al-Qahtani, was driving to work at the Saudi Consulate General in Karachi when armed men on motorbikes fired into his car. Last Wednesday, the Consulate was attacked by men throwing grenades, but no injuries occurred during that incident.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry is following up with the Pakistani security officials investigating the case and has demanded the strengthening of security for employees at both the Karachi Consulate and the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad. Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has contacted Al-Qahtani’s father and offered condolences to him and his family. A plane has been sent to Karachi to bring the body back to the Kingdom later today.

The attack was also condemned by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. The Pakistani leadership expressed regret over the killing and issued strict orders to find and arrest the perpetrators immediately. In a statement issued by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hana Rabbani Kahr expressed profound sadness over the killing and stressed her country’s commitment to conducting a prompt investigation and taking the necessary measures to protect foreign diplomats.