Five abducted FATA employees walk free after months


At least five employees, including two officers of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Development Program, abducted in February were recovered from the Tank district.
The officials at Tank, a city in the south Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Wednesday informed that the five employees had been abducted from the Maghzai area of the tribal region on February 29. All of them have been recovered, officials said.
Though the officials were reluctant to comment on the possibility of a deal for the release of the hostages, however, local tribesmen said that the five officials had been freed after paying ransom. Taliban militants had earlier claimed the responsibility for kidnapping the officials.
Meanwhile, Peshawar Police successfully freed a student abducted on July 19 from Dalazak Road. The kidnappers had demanded Rs 10 million for the release of Haseeb Ali. Superintendent of Police Asif Iqbal led a raid in Azakhel area of Matanai, and safely recovered the abducted student, besides arresting three kidnappers.