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    Pakistan Rescues Kidnapped Former Afghan Governor

    Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province
    Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province
    Ayaz Gul

    Security forces in Pakistan have rescued an influential former top Afghan official two weeks after he was kidnapped by unknown men in Islamabad.

    Former governor of the western Afghan province of Herat, Fazlullah Wahidi, was rescued from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa border province in a late night security operation, officials said Friday without sharing further details.

    Wahidi was visiting Pakistan to apply for a visa to the United Kingdom when he was kidnapped from the guesthouse he was staying in on February 12. The British embassy in Kabul does not issue visas to Afghans.

    Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal, welcomed the “safe recovery and release” of the former governor, describing it as “a significant achievement” for Pakistani law enforcement officials and institutions.

    “This also will play enormously for strengthening trust and confidence between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.

    The motives for the high-profile kidnapping could not be ascertained because there were no claims of responsibility, nor were there any demands for ransom, Pakistani officials say.

    The incident had threatened to undermine efforts to arrange direct peace talks the Afghan government wants to hold with Taliban-led armed opposition groups.

    The cooperation has eased strains in the traditionally uneasy relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The long-anticipated peace talks are expected to take place in Islamabad next week.

    “At our end we will use this (recovery of Wahidi) and other opportunities for broadening interactions between Afghanistan-Pakistan, which in turn will result in more trust and confidence and ultimately to a very special relationship between our two brotherly countries,” Zakhilwal asserted.

    Wahidi governed the eastern Kunar province, bordering Pakistan, before taking charge of Herat, which is located next to Iran. He is a vocal critic of Islamabad’s alleged interference in Afghan affairs. While he was governing Kunar, Pakistani officials frequently accused Wahidi of sheltering fugitive leaders of the Pakistani Taliban and helping them stage cross-border terrorist attacks.

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    by: Sharif from: Khan
    February 26, 2016 9:50 PM
    Someone tell me this is a joke!

    by: Sherpa from: karachi PAKISTAN
    February 26, 2016 2:23 PM
    There will NEVER be any peace in Afghanistan, Because highly corrupt and greedy Pakistani gov officials and military ISI officers make way too much $$$ every year for the past nearly 70 years from the illicit poppy fields of Afghanistan and the heroin trade to just let it go - they are living lavishly in palaces just like Osama Bin Laden and Mulla Omar once did and driving fancy cars luxury SUVs and living in palaces.

    Taliban are created by and handled by the ISI. That is why they recruit, train, $ fund and send those terrorists daily into Afghanistan to keep the people oppressed and fearful -so they can keep the $$$ rolling in to their own pockets. This is why they created the Taliban and Al Quida - and continue to fund them TODAY.

    You will notice how all the bombing always happen near the southern border near Pakistan and not in the north by Russia or west by Iran or east by China. Because the bombers are going in from Pakistan to blow stuff up and then going back home afterwards to safety inside Pakistan - that is why

    Pakistan will not allow American military on their soil. And we Americans keep on giving Pakistanis a whopping $1.5 BILLION yearly as ''aid'' which we know they use to make bombs and kill our soldiers - we are TRULY stupid!

    by: Imtiaz Kahn from: USA
    February 26, 2016 11:48 AM
    The man was most likely kidnapped by ISI

    by: Muhammad.Quddus from: U.S.
    February 26, 2016 9:47 AM
    Aside from the U.K.'s policy of not issuing a visa in Afghanistan to the Afghans, this wish to travel to U.K, is commendable. Was there a wish to see and attempt to understand how an advanced nation operates both on social and political level? Or, was it just a wish to meet old friends and relatives who live there on the margin happy to be alive there instead of struggling to survive in their half-dead territories? It would be nice to discover what was the state of mind of the Afghan Governor.

    by: Syed Shah from: USA
    February 26, 2016 9:42 AM
    So he hates Pakistan, yet came to Pakistan for a UK visa, and stayed in a guest house, was kidnapped by the Afghan Taliban and then rescued by Pakistan, I guess he can go back and start hating on Pakistan again, I dont think any Afghan will ever thank Pakistan for anything, Pakistan keeps helping them with the permission of Allah SWT, but thats ok, Pakistan will continue to be a decent nation, that is the true Islamic way.

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