Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Friday said that all possible steps would be taken to ensure safe release of abducted passengers.
However, Abdullah made it clear that the government would make sure to take a decision so that lives of other Afghans should not endanger in future. Some civil society and family members of 31 abducted Hazara-men held a rally in the Zarnigar Park in Kabul, demanding the government to accept Taliban’s demand for prisoners swap for early release of their relatives. The CEO met with the protesters and said government would not set a precedent of prisoners’ exchange because it would put the lives of Afghans in future.
Habibullah, son of an abducted person, told CEO that some Zabul provincial council members had said that Taliban wanted the government to set free their 12 companions against the release 31 abducted individuals.
He urged the CEO to accept the demands of militants in order to make possible the prompt and safe release of captives.
Fifty days back, masked gunmen abducted 31 passengers travelling by a bus on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in the Shajoy district of southern Zabul province. The men were seized in Pash Kandi area on the road between western Herat province and central capital Kabul at around 5pm, Mohammad Ullah Ahmadi, the district police chief, had told Pajhwok Afghan News.