SWABI - Former Afghan governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi who was abducted from capital Islamabad has been recovered in a lightning raid by district police here on Friday, officials said.

When contacted District Police Officer Javed Iqbal told this correspondent the police recovered the former governor through a swift action and nobody was hurt.

"He (Governor) has reached Islamabad with dignity and honour and the govt officials will hand him over to the authorities of Afghan Embassy in Islamabad," said another official while narrating the success story.

Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, former governor of Herat province was kidnapped from Islamabad when he was shopping with his 12-year-old grandson at Rana Market.

The District Police Officer also said that Wahidi was an important Afghan national and his recovery was really a great success not only for the district police but also for federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments. Another official said that it seems the kidnappers wanted to shift the abducted Afghan diplomat to an undisclosed location but the secret agencies informed the district police and they took prompt action to recover him.

Javed Iqbal said: “It was completely the task of the district police and no other party was involved in the recovery of the Afghan dignitary.”

However, another official said the secret agencies played a key role in tracing Wahidi kidnappers and the route through which they wanted to take him to their destination.

DPO Javed Iqbal also said the police had arrested the abductors and they were shifted to an undisclosed location.

Muqaddam Khan