Ivo Žďárek

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Ivo Žďárek
Czech Republic Ambassador to Vietnam
In office
2004 – August, 2008
Czech Republic Ambassador to Pakistan
In office
August, 2008 – 20 September 2008
President Václav Klaus
Personal details
Born (1960-11-06)November 6, 1960
Trutnov, Czechoslovakia
Died September 20, 2008(2008-09-20) (aged 47)
Islamabad Marriott Hotel, Pakistan
Nationality Czech
Alma mater Stanford University

Ivo Žďárek (6 November 1960 – 20 September 2008) was a Czech diplomat. He died in the fire in the aftermath of the Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing trying to rescue people out of the burning building.[1]

Early life[edit]

He studied at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Moscow, at the Charles University in Prague, at Stanford University, and the Czech Diplomatic Academy.[2] He had a wife, Jana, and two children.[3]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Žďárek worked at various diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic in Asia. He served as consul-general in Shanghai, People's Republic of China from 1995 to 1999.[3] From 2004 to August 2008, he was the ambassador in Vietnam. He then became the ambassador to Pakistan.


Žďárek survived the bombing of the Islamabad Marriott Hotel but went in to help other survivors get out of the burning building. He called out with his mobile phone asking to be rescued but was unable to escape the blaze.[1] His body has arrived in his country. A ceremony paying homage to him, was held at Prague’s airport.

"We are all very saddened, we always appreciated the ambassador’s work considerably,"

Czech President Václav Klaus said.

The ceremony was also attended by Žďárek's family and Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek. [4]


  1. ^ a b "Czech envoy died helping Pakistan hotel bomb victims: report". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.mzv.cz/wwwo/default.asp?id=60861&ido=4948&idj=2&amb=36&ParentIDO= His CV at the Czech embassy in Pakistan
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ "Body of Czech ambassador arrives in Prague". Dawn. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2008. 

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