published: 14.01.2014, 18:36 | updated: 14.01.2014 18:39:49
Prague - The Pakistani authorities will keep dealing with the case of two kidnapped Czech women with great effort and Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has written to their mothers, Pakistani Ambassador to Prague Tajammul Altaf said in an interview with CTK today.
The two 24-year-old Czech women, who arrived in Pakistan from the neighbouring Iran and were heading for India, were kidnapped by a group of gunmen with an off-road vehicle in Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan in March 2013.
Pakistan is dealing with the Czechs´ abduction on all levels, including the presidential one, and it is exchanging information with Czech authorities, Altaf said.
He noted that he had met the mothers of the two kidnapped women twice. Pakistan is interested in this unfortunate incident as strongly as the Czech Republic, he told CTK.
Last year, Czech President Milos Zeman contacted Hussain.
Hussain answered Zeman´s letter and he also wrote to the kidnapped women´s parents, Altaf said.
Two video-recordings with the kidnapped Czech tourists appeared last year, the first in June and the other in October.
In the older recording, shot allegedly in mid-April, 2013, the women say they are healthy but that their lives are threatened.
The other recording, allegedly from August, makes a more depressing impression as the women speak about their worsening health condition and bad access to food and water. They even mentioned how they wished to be buried.
In the interview, Altaf also talked about Czech-Pakistani relations.
Bilateral visits of both countries´ politician are planned soon, after a new Czech government is constituted.
The Pakistani defence minister is to visit Prague to discuss closer cooperation with the Czech military. One of the issues might be the sale of the Czech L-159 subsonic combat aircraft, Altaf said.
The Pakistani energy industry minister should also pay a visit to the Czech Republic.
On the other hand, Czech Senate chairman Milan Stech as well as the future industry and trade minister are to visit Pakistan.
According to Altaf, Pakistan is interested in raising bilateral trade with the Czech Republic. It increased from $141.3 million in 2011 to $147.1 million last year.
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