Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Abdullah Al-Omari, Saudi emabssy threatened

Saudi embassy in Pakistan threatened:

A top Saudi diplomat has received a parcel disguised as a gift from a former Pakistani premier that contained four grenades and a letter threatening to attack the Saudi Embassy if Saudis do not leave Pakistan, the Saudi ambassador said yesterday.

The deputy head of the Saudi political mission in Pakistan, Abdullah Al-Omari, received the package on Oct. 21 at his residence. He informed Pakistani security forces immediately, and they safely defused the explosives, Ambassador Ali Awadh Asseri said.

Security for Saudi diplomats both in Karachi and Islamabad has since been tightened.

Asseri said the parcel was wrapped in the shape of a gift and was made to appear like it was sent by former Pakistani Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.

Al-Omari will not leave Pakistan and Saudi diplomats working in Pakistan have not received any travel advisory. “They have been asked to be careful,” Asseri said.


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