Former Afghan governor abducted in Islamabad

Published: February 12, 2016
(R-L) Sayed Fazalullah Wahidi with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

(R-L) Sayed Fazalullah Wahidi with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

ISLAMABAD: Unidentified men kidnapped Afghanistan’s former governor of Herat province in Islamabad on Friday, police and embassy sources said.

Sayed Fazalullah Wahidi had arrived in Islamabad along with his family to get visas to travel to UK, diplomatic sources told The Express Tribune.

The former envoy had gone to a restaurant with his 12-year-old grandson when unidentified persons arrived in two vehicles and kidnapped him, leaving the child, sources said.

According to a police official, the former governor was staying at a guesthouse in Islamabad’s F-7 sector and was near Rana Market when he was abducted.

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Following his disappearance, “the embassy has registered a case with the police,” a diplomatic source said.

Several embassy officials also visited Kohsar Police Station to register a first information report (FIR) of the former governor’s disappearance.

Meanwhile, Afghan ambassador in Islamabad Dr Omar Zakhilwal said he is seriously concerned over the unfortunate incident and is in touch with Pakistani authorities, an embassy source added.

Fazalullah Wahidi was considered an influential governor as he remained very close to former president Hamid Karzai and also served as governor of Kunar province.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Feb 12, 2016 - 10:17PM

    Where is our Interior Minister and our world no. 1 intelligence agency?Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 12, 2016 - 10:49PM

    When is Rangers operation going to start in Islamabad? When are all security chiefs going to resign?

    Unless its an inside job.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 12, 2016 - 11:23PM

    Why does he have to come to Pakistan for a UK visa ?Recommend

  • Jibran
    Feb 12, 2016 - 11:28PM

    The line between “unidentified persons”, criminals, terrorists, and ISI is very fuzzy.Recommend

  • Feb 12, 2016 - 11:58PM

    Very sad news. He is our guest, at least we should ensure safety of our guests. Recommend

  • Socrates
    Feb 13, 2016 - 12:28AM

    To get UK visa? Why can’t he get it from Afghanistan? India should have been a natural choice for Afghanis to conduct their business. They never spare any opportunity to bash us but still run to our country when they need anything. Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 13, 2016 - 12:33AM

    Anyone else tired of having to move to western countries because our own fail to provide security and human rights? It seems like the only successful thing muslim countries are capable of doing is producing more and more immigrants. I wish we had a muslim version of the UK, US, or Canada where theres a strong emphasis on gender equality, democracy, and tolerance.Recommend

  • First shot
    Feb 13, 2016 - 1:39AM

    This may mean the kidnapping Pakistani diplomats in Afghanistan. See how serious the Pakistani government takes this. Recommend

  • Dr Abid Shah Mashwani
    Feb 13, 2016 - 1:53AM

    Before jumping to conclusions, it is important to ask:
    1) Why did he came to Pakistan to get UK visa?
    2) Did respectable Governor or Afghan embassy informed Government of Pakistan about his visit or any potential thread to him during the visit?

    If he was visiting Pakistan as a common Afghan citizen then it is unfair to blame Pakistani agencies or forces.Recommend

  • optimist
    Feb 13, 2016 - 3:31AM


    Because UK has just forces there… not consular staff to help them escape!Recommend

  • pakistani
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:15AM

    Well, guest come here with bad intention and have enemies agendas. Afghans are the only cause of security issues in pak.Recommend

  • faisal
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:51AM

    Why do we let these Afghan guyz come to our beloved country ? They are nothing but trouble. Must be some regional enmity. These guyz are basically savages.Recommend

  • umii
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:55AM

    I do understand why he is kidnapped. Indians Are preparing Afghanistan against Pakistan by terrorizing brainwashing afghani people. They toutere afghani if they dont listen. They want to devaste both countries. Im sorry to say but I think we all know Who is behind this kidnapping
    Khalistan zindabad India murdabad! Afghanistan Pakistan unity zindabadRecommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 6:36AM

    afghan embassay should have informed government about his arrival so that the government could have provided security .Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 7:08AM

    This incident proves once again that Pakistan needs to get rid of every terrorist and sectarian group. Military may act for another 10 years, but as long as we dont take them down without any discrimination, these vilolences and attacks will continue and every statement of better Pakistan will remain a dream.Recommend

  • FRM
    Feb 13, 2016 - 8:07AM

    Interior minister is busy controlling valentines day. Love is more violent for them than terrorists. Recommend

  • citizen26
    Feb 13, 2016 - 8:09AM

    Haha, stop bashing Pakistani govt over this incident. Did he not know how safe Pak is? Also karzai never left any opportunity to lash Pak hence probably governor’s visit came with a hefty price.Recommend

  • Erfan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 9:16AM

    Yeah why should they go to any country for visa, it should be issued in Afghanistan. And you should be embarrassed to know that a foreign national has been kidnapped from your capital city. Yet you have the audacity to bash Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Somebody
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:49AM

    as you sow so shall you reap, got it ? now don’t complain and go to India to conduct your business.Recommend

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