LANDI KOTAL: After remain in their custody for 155 days, 17 Pakistani abductees were released by unknown militants somewhere in Afghanistan and arrived their village safe and sound on Saturday.
It is to be mentioned here that on 4rth September, 2017, unknown armed persons kidnapped 17 tribesmen, comprised seven families of Abdukhad village, who had been in Anzar Naw, the remote and bordering area for repairing gravity water supply scheme.
The Assistant Political Agent, Landi Kotal Niaz Muhammad told the last night at 9:00 pm, the kidnappers were received from the Afghan security force at Zaman Sapary border entrance where from they were taken to forces cantonment and on Saturday morning they were handed over to their heirs at ceremony initiated in the cantonment and was attended by administration and forces officials beside tribal elders.
Warm welcome was given as hundreds of local tribal thronged to the administration office gate to receive their co-tribal. Sharing his unpleasant experience, an 8th grade student abductee, Ayazullah s/o Abdul Malik said that early days of his abduction were tough as the kidnappers put us in dark room, somewhere in Afghanistan and sometime subjected us to physical torture, however he added later on, they started change their behavior towards us.
“I am delighted to set free but I am depressed as I have missed much of my lessons in school”, he regretted. Abdul Malik, father of the student expressed his delight over the safe release of the abductees and said without support of Khyber Political Alliance, political administration, journalist community and Member Parliament release of their relatives was impossible.
On a query he added that no single penny had been as ransom although the militants were repeatedly demanding it. The effected families thanked and appreciated of cooperation of all segment of the society extended to them in time of need.