Ambassador’s remains repatriated

The body of the Czech ambassador to Pakistan Ivo Ždárek, who was killed in Saturday’s suicide bomb attack on Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel, was transported back to the Czech Republic late on Monday. The country’s leading officials, including the president and prime minister, attended a brief ceremony at Prague’s Ruzyně Airport to pay homage to the 47-year-old father of two who is reported to have died helping wounded victims escape from the hotel. Ivo Ždárek took up the ambassador’s post in Islamabad just last month and had been living in the hotel while his residence was being reconstructed to provide greater security.