Former Herat governor rescued after encounter in Mardan
Syed Fazlullah Wahidi had been abducted by unidentified gunmen in Islamabad, where had come along with his family to get visas for the United Kingdom. However, his 12-year-old grandson was left unharmed. He was staying in a high-end guesthouse in Islamabad’s F-7 sector.
“Senior police officer recovered last night and brought him to Peshawar. The then governor was handed over to Afghan Consulate staff in the city before dawn,” one official confided to Pajhwok Afghan News.
While refusing to disclose who was behind the kidnap incident, the source said: “We are happy that our two-week efforts to rescues Wahidi have come to fruition. He is in good health and may be reunited with his family soon.”
The source evaded the question if any deal had been cut with or ransom paid to Wahidi's captor. He insisted the ex-governor's release had come about as a result of hectic efforts by law-enforcement personnel.
Meanwhile, Afghan Consul General in Peshawar Dr Abdullah Waheed Pohan confirmed Wahidi's release. He said the 66-year-old was taken to various places after his abduction.
The consul general received was informed by Mardan police early Friday that Wahidi had been recovered in the area following an encounter. He was reportedly being shifted out of Mardan, where the kidnappers were intercepted at a checkpost.
Ambassador Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal, welcoming the safe recovery of the former governor, hailed it as a significant achievement for Pakistani law-enforcement agencies. “This also will help boost confidence between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
Appointed as governor of Kunar by ex-president Hamid Karzai in November 2007, Wahidi was sent to Herat in July 2013 in the same position. Some months back, President Ashraf Ghani removed him as part of his governance reform initiative.
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