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Afghan deputy governor kidnapped from Peshawar

29 October, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a senior Afghan provincial official from Peshawar, the Afghan Embassy said on Saturday. “Yes, I can confirm that the deputy governor of eastern Kunar province, Qazi Muhammad Nabi Ahmadi, has been abducted from Peshawar,” the diplomat said.

Peshawar Police also confirmed the incident. Capital City Police Officer Tahir Khan said that an investigation team had been constituted to find the Afghan official. “A kidnapping case has been registered. The Afghan deputy governor had arrived in Peshawar three days ago,” he said.

It is unclear who is behind the kidnapping. No one has claimed responsibility. Afghan officials have also not blamed anyone, insisting they want early recovery of the official.

Shams said that Nabi was kidnapped on Friday after he arrived in Peshawar for medical treatment. “He was outside a clinic in Dabgari Garden area of Peshawar when unidentified gunmen took him away,” the diplomat said. Like Nabi, many Afghans visit Pakistan for medical treatment in Peshawar, as well other cities.

“We have informed the Pakistan Foreign Ministry and the Afghan Consulate in Peshawar is in contact with the police officials concerned there,” the Afghan deputy ambassador said.

He said the deputy governor came to Peshawar on valid visa and was accompanied by his brother, who later informed the Afghan officials about the incident.

Abdul Ghani Musmim, spokesman for Kunar governor, told Pajhwok news agency on Saturday that the deputy governor sought medical treatment, but he did not know where he had gone.

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