Former Afghan governor recovered after shootout

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—Former Afghan Governor, who had gone missing in the federal capital Islamabad a couple of weeks back, has been recovered after Police action in Swabi, Mardan division on Friday.
There are reports of killing of some abductors during shoot out with the law enforcers. The diplomat has been handed over to Afghan authorities.
A noted Afghan politician Fazal Ullah Wahidi, who has served as Governor Kunar and Herat provinces of Afghanistan, was reportedly lifted by unknown miscreants from Rana Market sector F-7 Islamabad. His whereabouts since then were not known.
He was residing in Islamabad along with several other relatives for a month or so, according to his family sources, to seek visa from British Embassy. It is not clear why he opted to obtain visa from British Embassy in Pakistan instead of Afghanistan.
An FIR about his disappearance was lodged at a police station in Islamabad by his nephew Zabihullah who had stated that his uncle was whisked away by unknown people who came in two cars.
The law enforcers as well as the secret agencies of Pakistan were striving to trace out the missing Afghan politician and secure his release.
A high-powered parliamentary delegation of Afghanistan had also undertaken a visit to Pakistan to impress upon the Pakistani authorities to ensure the safe release of the Wahidi and also held meeting with the Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef in this regard.
It is reported that the police in Swabi, which is a district of Mardan division on a tip off, went into action against the abductors on Friday and succeeded in recovering the hostage safely.
Police sources say the armed action resulted in the killing of at least one of the kidnappers as they offered resistance to the law enforcers. Fazal Ullah Wahidi, the official source said, after his recovery was brought to Peshawar and has been handed over to the Afghan officials in the provincial metropolis on Friday. The motive behind the abduction of the former Afghan Governor remains a mystery.

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