Afghanistan concerned about safety of abducted ex-governor

Kabul, Feb 13 (IANS) The Afghan government on Saturday expressed deep concern for the safety of a former governor kidnapped in Pakistan.

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped Sayed Fazalullah Wahidi, former governor of Afghanistan’s Herat province, on Friday in Islamabad, Xinhua reports.

“Given the fact that Wahidi was kidnapped in Pakistan, Afghanistan wants Pakistan to take immediate and serious action through its security agencies using all possibilities in identifying the kidnappers and securing his release,” the Afghan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Afghan ambassador in Islamabad, has expressed serious concern over the incident and was in touch with Pakistani authorities shortly after the kidnapping, according to sources.

Wahidi reportedly went to a restaurant along with his 12-year-old grandson when he was taken away by gunmen.

No one has claimed responsibility for the incident.

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