Pakistan Taliban release video of kidnapped professor

20:20, October 14, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Disbanded Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Thursday afternoon released a video tape of kidnapped Dr. Ajmal Khan, the vice chancellor of Islamia College University in Peshawar, local media reported.

In the video released with masked militants wielding Kalashnikov in the background, Dr. Ajmal briefly said that he was kidnapped by TTP and appealed the government and colleagues in the academic circles to help him get released.

"I'm a heart patient and can't bear this captivity for long," said Dr. Ajmal, who was kidnapped by unknown militants from his campus residence in the provincial capital on Sept. 7.

Hours earlier, police has successfully recovered a kidnapped doctor after raiding a house in Shinwari town in Peshawar. Dr. Alam was abducted for ransom by unidentified militants on Oct. 7 from his clinic in Peshawar.

However for the vice chancellor, so far no ransom had been asked or apparently any other demands were presented by the kidnappers. "I was abducted by Taliban for being a relative of ANP leader," said Dr. Ajmal in his video message.

Local media believe that main motive of kidnapping the professor was that he is a cousin of Asfandyar Wali, chief of the Awami National Party (ANP) which rules the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Taliban might want to use Dr. Ajmal as leverage to force rivaling provincial government to seek some concessions in near future, analysts say. In the past, insurgents have been kidnapping prominent persons to seek ransom money and or to exchange freedom for arrested militants.

In November 2009, Kohat University vice chancellor Dr. Lutfullah Khan Kakakhel was kidnapped by a Dara Adam Khel based Taliban group. He was released after eight months of captivity in June this year, reportedly in exchange for some 60 arrested militants.

But Dr. Farooq Khan, vice chancellor of Islamic University of Swat, was shot dead on Oct. 2 in Mardan. Taliban claimed responsibility of murdering the scholar for his alleged anti- Taliban views.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion