Pakistani envoy summoned over Wahidi’s kidnapping
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul over the abduction of Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, a former governor, in Islamabad.
The former Herat and Kunar governor, Wahidi, was kidnapped on Friday by unidentified men in Islamabad, according to the Afghan Embassy in Pakistan.
Wahidi was reportedly abducted from a busy marketplace when he was with his grandson in Islamabad. The ex-governor was staying at a private guest house and had arrived in Islamabad along with his family to get visas for the UK, as the British embassy in Kabul does not directly issue visas to Afghan nationals.
A statement from MoFA received by Pajhwok Afghan News said Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai expressed his concern over Wahidi’s disappearance in Islamabad to the Pakistani ambassador, Ibrar Hussain.
Karzai condemned the incident and said: “We regard Wahidi an important Afghan personality who has been kidnapped in the Pakistani capital. We want the Pakistani government to use all resources at its disposal to identify the kidnappers and rescue Wahidi.”
Meanwhile, the Afghan Embassy officials in Pakistan said they had contacted Pakistani police about the issue.
The police claimed having achieved a breakthrough in their search for Wahidi, who was kidnapped in the Rana Market area of Islamabad. The Afghan embassy lodged a case in the Kohsar Police Station.
Senior police officers updated Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on efforts to recover Wahidi. They said significant headway had been made and the Afghan politician would be recovered shortly.
No group has so far claimed responsibly for the abduction.
In 2008, Abdul Khaliq Farahi, former Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, was also kidnapped in Hayatabad area of Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He was released after spending 26 months in captivity.
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