Peshawar: TTP claims responsibility for kidnapping Chinese engineers
PESHAWAR: The Swat chapter of the banned Tehrik–e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) outfit has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers of the Zong cellular company and their Pakistani driver and guard and warned of more abduction of foreigners. The two engineers, Zhanggua and Lung, along with their security guard Imranullah and driver Khalil, went missing in the Khall area of the Dir Lower district on Friday last.
The Maulana Fazlullah–commanded Taliban, operating in the Swat valley, on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the abduction of the two Chinese engineers and their guard and driver. “Yes, we have picked them up and they are in our captivity,” a spokesman for the Swat chapter of the organisation, Muslim Khan, told The News from an undisclosed location.
About reports that suggested that one of the Chinese had been killed, he said all the captives were alive. Answering a query, he said they would not spare any foreigner, whether Chinese or British, and would kidnap them, if spotted in the area.
The elders and people of both the districts are angry at the kidnapping of the Chinese. A grand Jirga of the two districts, comprising influential Maliks (tribal leaders) and other elders, is meeting on Thursday (tomorrow) in Dir Lower to discuss the situation and take steps for the recovery of the Chinese and their Pakistani driver and guard.
A security official, who remained engaged in the investigation of the kidnapping, said that they expected a breakthrough by Thursday and hoped that the Chinese would be recovered.
To a question, he said they had looked into the possibility of any involvement of the local people in the crime, as Dir was not known for such activities. It was difficult to trace them, he added, but once the responsibility for the kidnapping was claimed, they would be able to recover the Chinese.
“The elders are also gearing up for taking action. They are committed not to allow certain elements who could put the peace of the area at stake. So, let’s hope for the best,” he said. After the kidnapping, 15 Chinese engineers stationed in Dir, the district headquarters of the Dir Upper district, left the area.