Kidnapped vice chancellor appeals for help

Published: October 15, 2010
The Footage shows Ajmal Khan sitting in front of a white backdrop with two armed militants standing behind him.

The Footage shows Ajmal Khan sitting in front of a white backdrop with two armed militants standing behind him.


Footage showing kidnapped vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University (ICU) Ajmal Khan was released on Thursday. In the video Ajmal Khan appeals to the government to accept the rebels’ demands to secure his release.

Ajmal Khan, a locally-renowned academic and a close ally of the ruling Awami National Party (ANP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was kidnapped on September 7.

In the video tape, aired by private TV channels GEO and ARY, Khan is shown wearing a traditional Pakhtun cap with a beard, and with two masked men holding Kalashnikov assault rifles standing behind him. Khan appeals to the government that he has been kidnapped by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) because he is related to ANP chief Asfandyar Wali. He goes on to appeal that the government should negotiate with the TTP and listen to their demands.

“I am a heart patient and cannot live here any longer. The government should do something for me and should negotiate with the Taliban,” Khan said in the video recording.

“The government should solve their problems (with the Taliban), if they have any,” he added.

An intelligence official in Peshawar said the professor was being held hostage in one of the lawless tribal areas where authorities have no access.

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.

Security officials said Taliban insurgents have been using kidnapping as a ransom tool, and to bargain for the release of their militants being held by the authorities.

(With additional input from AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ahsanullah Mehsud
    Oct 14, 2010 - 6:41PM

    It is pathetic,his kidnapping is totally unjustified. Ajmal is an educationist and has spend his entire life serving in different education institute and has nothing to do with politics.Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Oct 14, 2010 - 7:52PM

    in this country it is bad news to be related to politicians :DRecommend

  • khan
    Oct 14, 2010 - 10:26PM

    it is the movement of thinking that no one in this country is safe if he is a wellwisher too like Ajmal khan sab. i pray from God from the core of my heart to recover his safe and sound for his social welfareRecommend

  • Babruk
    Oct 15, 2010 - 7:48AM

    I hope nothing bad happens to him. I appreciate Express for publishing this news other english newspaper are so mum about this shocking issue.
    sometime i just want to shout “** you talibans” with all the might that i have in my lungsRecommend

  • Oct 15, 2010 - 1:16PM

    They see no person,
    they care never,who is before them,
    they need money,
    but claiming to be a true Muslims,
    pagan are better than them.Recommend

  • asmatyar
    Oct 18, 2010 - 10:00AM

    nobody is safe in pakistan……and the reason behind this is our corrupt government………shame on pakistan government……..Recommend

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