Orakzai: Oil firm man, 10 tribesmen abducted
KOHAT/KALAYA: Unidentified persons kidnapped a senior official of a foreign oil exploring company in Hangu District on Tuesday while militants abducted at least 10 tribesmen in Orakzai Agency.
Officials said that Fayaz Khattak, a senior official of Hungarian company MOL, was travelling near an exploration point when unidentified armed men kidnapped him along with his driver, Said Kalam, and vehicle.
Police found the vehicle abandoned in Chamba Gul area. Hangu police told Dawn by telephone that a police team was inspecting the scene form where the vehicle was recovered.
DIG Mohammad Masood Afridi told this correspondent that Taliban were not involved in the case and a group of local proclaimed offenders seemed to have kidnapped the official and his driver for ransom.
In the second incident, militants kidnapped at least 10 tribesmen in central tehsil area of Orakzai Agency and shifted them to an undisclosed location on Monday.
Sources said that militants attacked a vehicle of local tribesmen, who had recently returned to the area from an IDP camp, and whisked away at least 10 people. Officials said that the kidnapping incident had been reported to the higher authorities.
Mohammad Nazir, Noor Khan and other elders of Meshti tribe told journalists that the tribesmen would be forced to go back to IDP camps if government failed to provide them security. They said that Meshti tribesmen would be compelled to once again leave their homes as militants were continuously attacking them.
The leader of Orakzai Qaumi Lashkar, Salamat Orakzai, said that security forces were playing the role of silent spectator in the face of continuous attacks on tribesmen, who returned from IDP camps.