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Former Herat governor Wahidi kidnapped in Islamabad

Former Herat governor Wahidi kidnapped in Islamabad

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Feb 13, 2016 - 07:45

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A former governor for Afghanistaninfo-icon’s Herat and Kunar provinces has been kidnapped in Islamabad, a security official said on Saturday.

Syed Fazlullah Wahidi was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Islamabad, where had come along with his family to get visas for the United Kingdom.

Unidentified men in two vehicles kidnapped Wahidi from a restaurant, one senior police official told Pajhwok Afghan News. However, his 12-year-old grandson was left unharmed.

He said the ex-governor, also a civil societyinfo-icon activist, was staying in a high-end guesthouse in Islamabad’s F-7 sector. The Afghan embassy has lodged a case with police.

Wahidi went to the restaurant after shopping in the Jinnah Super Market, the source said, adding that police and other law-enforcement had launched efforts to recover the former official.

Several embassy officials visited the Kohsar Police Station to register a first information report (FIR) regarding the former governor’s disappearance.

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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