Quetta: 8 Pakistanis working for US NGO kidnapped
QUETTA: Unknown gunmen kidnapped eight Pakistani employees of a US-based NGO, American Refugees Committee (ARC), in Surkhab area of district Pishin, some 50 kilometres away from Quetta, on Tuesday.
Officials of the district administration, Pishin, told The News that some armed men intercepted an ARC vehicle in Surkhab area, where an Afghan refugees camp has been working for over three decades, and kidnapped the eight Pakistani employees of the NGO.
The kidnapped officials include Izatullah, Mohibur Rehman, Imran, Muhammad Saeed, Nasrullah, Sabir, Naseebullah and driver Khalil Ahmed. Reports suggested that the eight employees of ARC were returning to Pishin after distributing the Ramazan ration among the Afghan refugees in Surkhab refugee camp, when unknown armed men, who had taken positions on the main road, intercepted their vehicle and abducted them at gunpoint and fled to an unknown location.
Confirming the kidnapping incident, Deputy Commissioner, Pishin, Mansoor Khan, told this correspondent that the police and administration had widened the scope of investigations and cordoned off the whole area to recover the kidnapped employees and trace the kidnappers. He added that all the kidnapped persons belonged to different parts of Balochistan, including Quetta.
The police and administration came to know about the kidnapping after several hours of the incident when a person riding a motorcycle informed the police about it. The police and administration subsequently reached the spot and started a probe.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping so far and police and law enforcement agencies failed to recover the kidnapped employees till the filing of the report. It may be noted that this is the second incident of kidnapping since Saturday last; earlier, five persons, including a student and four officials of the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC), were kidnapped from the Sorenj area of Quetta.