A diplomat working for the Pakistani embassy in Iraq was taken hostage by a group calling itself Omar bin Khattab
who are most likely looking for ransom payment. Thanks Philippines
"Mr Javed is absolutely safe," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani told a news conference.
"He is regularly in contact with our charges d'affaires. His last contact with our charge d'affaires took place last night."
A man telephoned the Pakistani embassy in Baghdad on Sunday claiming to represent a group called Omar bin Khattab and said it was holding the man.
Jilani said Pakistan was in touch with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi Islamic Party, which draws its support from Iraq's minority Sunnis, over the case.
"They have also offered, assured us, of their complete cooperation for the secure release of Malik Mohammad Javed," he said.
"The group which claims to have abducted our staffer, it is an unknown group. Nobody was aware of its existence," he said.
"Our best judgment is that it is, most probably, a case of abduction for ransom," he said.
"I really don't see any political motives."
Tipped by: The Jawa Report