Former Afghan governor kidnapped in Islamabad

KIDNAPPED. Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi (R), the former governor of Herat province in Afghanistan, is missing after unidentified men took him in Islamabad. Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA

KIDNAPPED. Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi (R), the former governor of Herat province in Afghanistan, is missing after unidentified men took him in Islamabad.

Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A former governor of Afghanistan's Herat province has been kidnapped from a market in an upscale district of Islamabad, Pakistani police said Saturday, February 13.

Pakistan is in the grip of a homegrown Taliban insurgency but the tightly-guarded capital has a very low crime rate in general and the F-7/2 sector where Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi was seized is a high security area that houses politicians, bureaucrats and expats.

Wahidi was going to a restaurant in the market with his grandson Friday evening when he was abducted by unidentified men, a police official, who requested anonymity, told AFP

The boy reported the kidnapping to the local police station and said Wahidi was in Islamabad to apply for a British visa, police said.

"We have registered a case against kidnapping of the former Afghan governor and the case is being investigated," Zia-ul-Qamar, a spokesman for the Islamabad police, told AFP. – Rappler.com