2 Pakistani diplomats go missing in Nangarhar

Monday, 19 June 2017 03:09 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 101 times

 Two officials of the Pakistani consulate in Afghanistan's eastern Jalalabad city have gone missing, Pakistani sources said on Saturday.

 

The officials were travelling to Pakistan by road on Friday, but could not reach Torkham crossing, a source told Daily Times. They were coming to Pakistan for Eid holidays.

"Pakistani authorities in Kabul have formally informed the Afghan authorities about the matter and sought their help in their safe recovery," he said.

"We had not received any information from the Afghan officials until late Saturday," a Pakistani source said.

Afghan ambassador in Islamabad Dr Omar Zakhilwal has confirmed the incident.

"Yes I am aware of it and so are our relevant institutions. They are searching for the missing officials," Zakhilwal said when he was contacted for his comments.

Daily Times is aware of the name of the missing officials, but is withholding their identity on the request of Pakistani officials as their families have not been informed yet.

There are two possibilities -- either a criminal gang has kidnapped them for ransom or Afghan security officials have taken them into custody. However, neither Pakistani nor Afghan side has any official version