University’s VC abducted

Published: September 8, 2010
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Top university official may have been moved to Khyber Agency

Top university official may have been moved to Khyber Agency

PESHAWAR: Gunmen kidnapped the vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University (ICU) in  Peshawar,  Ajmal Khan, while he was on his way to office on Tuesday, police said.

SP Campus Peace Corps (CPC) Ijaz Ahmed told The Express Tribune that the incident occurred at the Professors Colony area, near Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Agricultural University at around 9:30 am.

“They took him to the Nasir Bagh side. All the kidnappers were bearded,” Ahmed said. The kidnappers have not contacted the vice-chancellor’s family, according to the police official. The professor had been warned about security threats. Two guards were provided to him but he returned them to the police, Ahmed said.

A senior police official said that militants were behind the kidnapping and Khan had probably been shifted to Khyber Agency, which is close to the Nasir Bagh area. So far, no organisation has claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Professor Dr Arbab Afridi, former president of Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA), condemned the kidnapping and said that if the vice-chancellor could not be protected by the government, then the educational institute will be doomed.

Professor Khan is the second vice chancellor to be kidnapped following the rise of militancy in the region. Earlier, Professor Lutfullah Khan Kakakhel, VC Kohat University of Science and Technology, was also kidnapped by suspected militants in November  2009,from the semi-tribal Darra Adamkhel region.  He was released after remaining in captivity for almost seven months.

Ajmal Khan is one of the senior most academicians of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and had been the principal of the historic Islamia College, provost and registrar of the University of Peshawar and VC of Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan. Professor Khan is a close relative of Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Sep 8, 2010 - 4:34PM

    Kidnap,
    on the name of God,sit together
    and view the activities done by you
    whether have match with any principle or religion
    in the world???????????????.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Sep 8, 2010 - 4:35PM

    Go to the jungle
    and live with blood hounds
    that is your original place.Recommend

  • Ayesha.S.Khilji
    Sep 8, 2010 - 9:28PM

    what exactly these brutes want by wreaking havoc in other peopllles life. why are they so devoid of human emotions?Recommend

  • Oct 20, 2010 - 11:42PM

    Professor Dr Arbab Afridi makes a fair point that if the vice chancellor is not safe then the whole institute is doomed.
    But he seems to be ONLY venting his frustration over the situation more towards the government’s inability to provide security. He fails to condemn the people who carried out the abduction of the the vice chancellor.

    Would it not be also be to condemn the people carrying out this kind of activity?

    Lets not be cowards.
    The government is made of people. And if the people of Peshawar remains cowards and do not openly protest and express their rage towards evil acts such as these then how can we expect the government to do what we ourselves are to scared to even express. Recommend

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