Mysterious return: Militants release driver of Islamia College VC

Published: September 16, 2012
Mohibullah talks to media on his return from the captivity of militants. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Mohibullah talks to media on his return from the captivity of militants. PHOTO: EXPRESS


Militants released the driver of Islamia College Peshawar’s kidnapped vice chancellor, Professor Ajmal Khan, after two years of captivity on Saturday.

The driver, Mohibullah, who had been kidnapped on Sept 7, 2010 along with Professor Khan, mysteriously returned to his official residence located inside the university campus. Mystery, however, continues to shroud his release.

According to Rehmanullah, Mohibullah’s brother, the latter reached home safe and sound.

“He is in perfect shape and we thank God for his safe return,” Rehmanullah said. However, he declined to comment any further. “He is back and I am happy,” he said.

Talking to The Express Tribune himself, Mohibullah provided details of his ordeal. The driver said he was driving VC Ajmal to his office when they were intercepted by unknown armed men at the premises of University of Peshawar.

“They injected us (with sedatives) and covered our faces with burqas. We travelled for around 8 hours and when I woke up, I found myself in a mountainous area,” he said adding they remained there for ten days before being shifted to another location. Mohibullah said they were never kept at a single location and were moved continuously.

“I was separated from VC Khan three days ago … we had been kept together till then,” he said, adding “I did not know they would set me free.”

Mohibullah said the abductors dropped him on Kohat road with some cash to travel home.

When approached, local police said they have been informed about Mohibullah’s safe return, but added that he remained tight-lipped.

“He is a resident of Badezai area but his family is living in quarters inside the university campus,” they explained.

Professor Ajmal Khan is a cousin of Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • azadpashtun
    Sep 16, 2012 - 1:36PM

    Now there is hope that Ajmal Khan too will be released.


  • Careful reader
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Driver needs to be thoroughly debriefed and questioned to rule out any involvement on his part in kidnapping of the VC. Since when did these criminals become so sophisticated that they are injecting their victims with sedatives etc. “daal mein kuch kaala hai”.


  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:19PM



  • Kamran
    Sep 18, 2012 - 5:54PM

    This is very mysterious that the Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan stated after the taliban released Professor Ajmal Khan’s video on 31.08.2012 that they had released Driver Mohibullah few days earlier in exchange of one of their militant the KPK government released. “The News” dated 31.08.2012 but the driver Mohibullah was who was released on 15.08.2012 told in his interview on KHYBER NEWS that he was with Ajmal Khan throughout and had left him 3 days earlier he reached home.
    The qustion is Who’s statment is correct? TTP Spokesman? OR the Driver?? It creates doubts. If he was released earlier before Ajmal Khan’s video releaed on TV then Where was the driver till 15th August? If he had been seperated from Ajmal Khan 3 days earlier of his release then where is Ajmal Khan Now?????


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