Turkish Police Recover Six Abducted Pakistanis
PESHAWAR, 5 January: Six Pakistani citizens, who were kidnapped in Turkey, have been recovered by Turkish police.
The Foreign Office said the Turkish police have confirmed release of the six Pakistanis to Pakistani embassy. The released abductees include Fazle Amin, Ashfaq Ahmed, Adeel Ahmed, Muhammad Zeeshan, Abid and Usman.
The Pakistani embassy has appreciated the prompt action of Turkish police to recover the abducted Pakistani nationals. It said the released persons will be brought back to Pakistan after fulfilling mandatory legal formalities.
Six Pakistani citizens were kidnapped in Turkey recently and the kidnappers were demanding ransom of $50,000 for release of each kidnapee. They had also released a video showing torture on the kidnapped Pakistani citizens. The abductees were seen appealing in the video to accept demands of abductors for their release.
After surfacing of the video, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested two suspects from Gujranwala city of Punjab for aiding the kidnappers in Turkey. The Turkish Police with the help of information provided by the arrested suspects conducted raid and recovered the abducted Pakistani citizens.
The release of the kidnapped Pakistanis brought a sigh of relief for their families and now a lot of people are visiting their houses in Pakistan to congratulate them on safe recovery.
Ashfaq Ahmed, one of the recovered abductees, belongs to Hoti area of Mardan. Imtiaz Ahmed, Father of Ashfaq, told media that he is very happy over release of his son.
“I am very thankful to the Pakistani and Turkish governments for their prompt action to save the kidnapped boys,” he said.