PESHAWAR: Relatives of kidnapped Gomal Zam Dam workers continued their protest on the second day on Tuesday, demanding the government to release their family members who are in captivity since August last year.
Holding a placard inscribed with “I miss Baba”, Khush Bakht stood outside the Peshawar Press Club and lamented the government is not taking steps to recover the kidnapped workers. “I cannot live in the house without him. He was very loving.”
Mudassir Zia, a civil society member, said the government is not serious in sanctioning the ransom to release these employees despite the decrease in the amount demanded and the Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) clear orders on the matter. “It seems the government is not taking any interest.”
The Taliban released the third video of the eight kidnapped employees five days ago in which an employee named Shahid Ali Khan pleaded for their safe release.
The kidnappers warned to shoot them in the next video if their demands were not met.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2013.