Militants release second video of kidnapped VC

Published: November 8, 2010
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The Footage from an earlier video shows Ajmal Khan sitting in front of a white backdrop with two armed militants standing behind him.

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

PESHAWAR: 

Following the release of a new video of kidnapped Vice Chancellor of the Islamia College University Ajmal Khan, the Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) has announced that all public universities will remain shut for an indefinite period.

PUTA President Johar Ali told The Express Tribune that public universities all over Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will remain closed until the release of the captive professor.

The video, the second in less than a month, shows Khan sitting in front of three masked armed men with a mud wall in its background.

In the video, Khan said that his life was in danger and asked authorities to meet the militants’ demands till November 20 after which he would face death.

The VC said that the government, students and the ANP, should take interest in his release, while stressing that the first video showing that he had been abducted had no impact.

Khan also said the demands of the militants should be accepted by the government; otherwise he will have to face the consequences.

Earlier on October 14, the kidnappers had released another video asking the government to negotiate with the Taliban for Khan’s release.

Khan is one of the most prominent educationists of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and is also a cousin of Awami National Party (ANP) Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan. He was kidnapped from Professor Colony area situated close to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Agriculture University on September 7.

Earlier militants had kidnapped Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) VC Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel.

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

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Raheel
    Nov 7, 2010 - 8:36PM

    It’s sad :-(Recommend

  • Emmon Khan
    Nov 8, 2010 - 4:25AM

    Does the government of Pakistan and particularly the Pakistan army need any more reason to completely wipe out this menance of Talibanisation from the soil of Pakistan? How long are our brave army going to tolerate the brutalities and shamelesness of this bunch of terrorists? Do our valiant generals and army commanders still think of these enemies of the state of Pakistan who are doing nothing but playing havoc with the very roots of this country, as strategic assets in the great game? For God’s sake dear brave generals rescue this country and its hapless people in general and the Pukhtoons in particular of this menace of hate, biggotry and ignorance! You owe it to the state of Pakistan and to its people as the ultimate saviours and protectors of this country! Enough is enough. Wipe this menace out and take Pakistan and Pakistanis into the comity of enlightened, educated, developed and self-confident nations of the world! You owe it to the people of Pakistan, o, our brave and bright generals and soldiers!Recommend

  • basharat
    Nov 8, 2010 - 6:54AM

    How much stress this innocent scholar and his family, friends , the students are passing through , cannot be expressed in words. Imran Khan had been describing the terrorist attacks as a ,natural reaction to the American occupation . Is this Vice Chancellor , an American agent? The persons in authority should admit that something more is required to be done to curb the menace of terrorism .The people in Pakistan are in state of shock and feel themselves unsafe even in their own houses.
    There is no rally , no one demanding his rescue and safety, only because he is a teacher and an innocent gentleman ? If he is killed , we all should be held accountable . Very poor show especially on the part of right wing parties who were very active for release of the daughter of pakistan , and for a vice chancellor , their is no activity even in the name sake . May God save this pious person.Recommend

  • Ahsanullah Mehsud
    Nov 8, 2010 - 9:28AM

    it bleeds ones heart to see a VC who has nothing to do with politics in this condition. Recommend

  • mehsud
    Nov 8, 2010 - 11:49AM

    Dear Ahsanullah, it bleeds one heart to see the tribal wandering the streets who were rendered homeless as a result of security forces operation on the behalf of Americans.Recommend

  • Talat Haque
    Nov 8, 2010 - 6:55PM

    It is one of the saddest sights to see education and an educationist held hostage with guns waving in the background …………. pity the nation that does this to their educators …………… how can we celebrate eid of any kind after this ………… blaming Americans cannot take away from the guilt of a people “tribals – wandering or otherwise” who grew and sold heroin to the world …………. unforgivable ………. they suffer the consequences of their actions ……….. the innocent suffer too ……… it is too sad.Recommend

  • Emmon Khan
    Nov 9, 2010 - 6:10AM

    Mr Mehsud,

    Please do not justified the coward, stupid, ignorant and brutal acts of these ‘mujahideen’. They are the enemies of Pukhtoons, Islam and Pakistan. They are cowards, thieves, bandits and extremely dishonourable people. If they had any honour, they would have confronted the Americans and the security forces who you think work on American agenda. Instead these champions of Islam prey on innocent people such as educationists and doctors. There is no justification for their brutalities, ignorance and hypocricy. Pukhtoons are honourable people. They remain honourable in war as much as they are in peace. Those who kidnap, torture and kill innocent, unarmed people are just destroying the image of both Islam and Pukhtoons. These yahoos must be condemned and not supported in any way. They are simply bandits, dacoits and extortionists who use the name of Islam and Jihad. We, the Pukhtoons should have nothing to do with these criminals and thugs. I must ask you what has an educationist, a vice chancellor of a university to do with the ‘homelesness’ of the innocent tribal people? Nothing. Do not justify dishonourable and coward acts of criminals!Recommend

  • amir hussain
    Nov 10, 2010 - 9:37PM

    it is realy a shocking news for pakistan espesialy from educational point of view… Government of pakistan should take action against those, who kidniped ajmal khan … Recommend

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