Col Habib Zahir kidnapping: Nepal Police investigations kick off

Col Habib Zahir kidnapping: Nepal Police investigations kick off

ISLAMABAD: Nepal Police and Intelligence Agencies have kicked off an investigation into the missing Pakistan Army former Colonel Habib Zahir upon Pakistan request.

However the investigations have failed to make a headway up till now as Nepalese Police is still clueless upon the sensitive issue.

Nepalese authorities have said they have not been able to make any headway in the case of Colonel Habib Zahir – a former officer of the Pakistan Army who had gone missing in Nepal last week.

BBC Urdu quoted SSP Tipak Thapa of the Nepalese police who said the CCTV footage available with the authorities showed an unknown person receiving Col Zahir at Bhairahawa Airport near Lumbini.

He confirmed that Zahir flew to Bhairahawa from Kathmandu. “The police are trying to ascertain the identity of the person who received him,” he said. According to the officer, Habib came down from the aircraft with his hand baggage and backpack.

The footage showed that he spoke to an unknown man at the exit gate and then they both left for some unknown place. Police said the photograph of Col Zahir and the video footage were shown to the taxi drivers and other transport operators at the airport.

Nepal foreign office spokesperson Bharat Raj on Sunday said Pakistan had formally informed his country about the disappearance of the former officer of the Pakistan Army on Sunday after which their interior ministry and police were issued orders to investigate.

Spokesperson of Nepal’s interior ministry, Krishna Panthi, said the special bureau of Nepalese police could not find any clue so far. “We are not aware as to why Col Zahir went to Lumbini and what his purpose of visit to Nepal was. There was no room booked in his name in any hotel there,” he said.

Nepalese police say they were collecting information regarding his phone calls and communication.