PESHAWAR: Suspected militants have freed a school teacher who was kidnapped over a year ago from Kohat Road, locals said on Sunday.
Dilawar Khan, leader of the Adezai Qaumi Lashkar, told The Express Tribune that schoolteacher Chaman Gul has returned home safely and was in good health. However, he did not comment on who was behind the kidnapping. Khan said that Gul was probably released in the Khyber tribal region. The teacher himself could not be contacted.
Gul and his friend Tariq Khan, a police inspector, were kidnapped by gunmen from the Kohat Road area of Peshawar when they were on their way home. The decapitated body of Tariq was found on April 2 but there was no word on Gul’s whereabouts. Gul and Tariq Khan are relatives of Abdul Malik, the founder chief of the Adezai Qaumi Lashkar.
Earlier, police had arrested Malik on charges of terrorism and alleged militant links. After his release, Malik formed a peace lashkar to fight against militants in the Adezai village located on the main Indus Highway. The village is close to the semi-tribal region of Darra Adamkhel, some 25 kilometres south of Peshawar. Malik was killed along with a dozen others in a suicide attack in November 2009.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 11th, 2010.