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Former Afghan Governor Kidnapped in Islamabad

by AFP
John MacDougall—AFP

John MacDougall—AFP

Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi was going to a restaurant with his grandson when unidentified men abducted him.

A former governor of Afghanistan’s Herat province has been kidnapped from a market in an upscale district of Islamabad, Pakistani police said Saturday.

Pakistan is in the grip of a homegrown Taliban insurgency but the tightly-guarded capital has a very low crime rate in general and the F-7/2 sector where Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi was seized is a high security area that houses politicians, bureaucrats and expats.

Wahidi was going to a restaurant in the market with his grandson on Friday evening when unidentified men abducted him, said a police official, who requested anonymity.

The boy reported the kidnapping to the local police station and said Wahidi was in Islamabad to apply for a British visa, police said. “We have registered a case against kidnapping of the former Afghan governor and the case is being investigated,” said Zia-ul-Qamar, a spokesman for the Islamabad police.

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