Col Habib Zahir kidnapping: Pakistan Foreign Office official response surfaces

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Col Habib Zahir kidnapping: Pakistan Foreign Office official response surfaces

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Office has broken silence over the issue of the kidnapped Pakistan Army former Colonel Habib Zahir and alleged that foreign spy agency (in an obvious reference to RAW) is behind the missing officer.

The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said that it suspects an enemy spy agency is behind the kidnapping of Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Muhammad Habib Zahir.

"We have brought Lt. Col (r) Zahir's case to the Nepali government's attention," FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said. "The Indian prime minister admitted that the country was involved in dividing Pakistan in 1971."

Zahir went to Nepal in pursuit of employment, according to his family. He left for Nepal on April 5 and reached the country’s capital, Kathmandu the next day. Thereon he went to Lumbini, which is located approximately six kilometres from the Indian border.

He contacted his family last on April 6 and could not be reached after, the ex-serviceman's family revealed.

The ex-army officer flew to Kathmandu via Muscat in flight number WY-344, a Geo New correspondent said.

A first information report (FIR) registered by the missing man's son, Saad Habib, says that Lt. Col (r) Zahir was received by a man named Javaid Ansari at the airport in Kathmandu on April 6.

The FO, in its weekly new brief, said that Kulbhushan Jadhav’s activities were irrefutable proof of Indian involvement in Pakistan.

Pakistan sentenced an Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi, the ISPR said Monday.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA).