The Afghan government has expressed serious concern over the kidnapping of former governor of Herat province Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi in Islamabad on Friday.
A spokesperson of the Afghan foreign ministry has urged Pakistani authorities to immediately recover Wahidi. “We are asking Pakistan to use all resources for his (Wahidi) immediate recovery,” the Afghan foreign ministry said in a statement.
Unidentified men abducted Wahidi from a busy marketplace when he was with his grandson in Islamabad. The former Afghan governor was staying at a private guest house in the Pakistani capital. Police officials said Wahidi may be in the custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. Wahidi, an influential leader, had arrived in Islamabad along with his family to get visas for the UK, as the British embassy in Kabul does not directly issue visas to Afghan nationals.
Wahidi remained very close to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
Meanwhile, local media reported on Saturday that a two-member Afghan Taliban delegation, led by the head of the group’s political office in Qatar, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, paid a secret visit to Pakistan last week as part of preparations for the formal resumption of direct talks with the Afghan government. English daily The Express Tribune reported that Stanekzai and Qari Din Muhammad travelled to Islamabad the same day when senior officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States held talks to finalise the roadmap for the Afghan reconciliation process.
The meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) was held on February 6 during which a tentative date was decided for the resumption of the dialogues.
The Taliban team, according to sources, held informal discussions with senior officials of the four countries, which are part of the quadrilateral process. However, there was no official confirmation of the Taliban delegation’s visit by either side, the paper said.