Kidnapped Afghan politician recovered from Mardan

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PESHAWAR: An ex-Afghan governor who was kidnapped in Islamabad earlier this month was recovered from Mardan on Friday morning, Afghan Consul General Dr Abdullah Waheed Pohan said.

Wahidi, who served as governor of Afghanistan’s Kunar and Herat provinces, was taken to various places after his abduction, said Pohan.

The consul general said he received a call from Mardan police early Friday and was informed that Wahidi had been recovered in the area after an encounter.

The abductors were transporting him to another place from Mardan when they were intercepted at a checkpost by police, he said.

Police were unable to identify the abductors, but recovered the Afghan politician after an exchange of fire with the kidnappers.

Wahidi was taken to the Afghan consulate in Peshawar at 4am.

“He is fine physically but has been mentally disturbed,” Pohan said of the ex-governor.

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry had earlier summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to express “serious concerns” over Wahidi’s abduction and urged Islamabad to throw all its resources to find him.

Wahidi, 66, was living in Islamabad’s F-7/2 and was with his grandson near Rana Market when two vehicles, one a black double cabin with a blue revolving light and the other a white Toyota Corolla, stopped by him.

Three people got out of the cars and forced Wahid into the double cabin before driving off. The Kohsar police had registered a case against his kidnapping on his nephew’s complaint.

Investigators were clueless about the abductors and the reason behind the politician’s abduction, police said at the time.

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