University vice chancellor in Peshawar, Pakistan kidnapped

18:16, September 07, 2010      

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The vice chancellor of the Islamia College University in Peshawar, capital city of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was kidnapped by unknown people on the campus Tuesday morning, reported local media.

According to the report, Dr. Ajmal Khan, was kidnapped on his way from home to office on the campus. It is not known yet who has kidnapped him or how he was kidnapped.

Extra contingents of police force have been called in following the kidnapping and a search operation is on for an early recovery of the kidnapped vice chancellor, said local police, adding that all the security checkpoints in the city have been alarmed about the kidnapping.

University sources said that the vice chancellor's house has been cordoned off after the kidnapping was reported.

Founded in 1913, Islamia College University was upgraded from a college into a university in 2008. The institute was highly regarded by the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, for its role in the liberation movement of Pakistan from the British colonial rule in 1947.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Local analysts say that extremist militants often kidnap prominent personalities for release of prisoners in exchange. Notorious Mangal Bagh and other disbanded Taliban militants group have also been kidnapping people for ransom.

In Nov. 6, 2009, a vice chancellor of Kohat University, Dr. Lutfullah Kakakhel, was kidnapped by the Darra Adamkhel-based Tariq Afridi group of Taliban in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan and was later freed on June 22 after eight months of captivity in exchange for the release of 60 arrested militants.

Source: Xinhua


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