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Govt’s silence on kidnapped passengers draws anger

AT: KABUL: Hundreds of residents of Bamiyan province staged protests against what they called the government’s silence over kidnapping of 31 passengers on Kabul-Kandahar highway in Zabul province.

It has been more than a month that a group of armed militants kidnapped 31 passengers of Hazara ethnicity in Shahjoi district of southern Zabul province. The fate of the kidnapped passengers is still unclear.

Hundreds of residents of Bamiyan province including civil society activists staged a protest to seek safe release of the 31 passengers. They blamed the government of turning blind eye to this issue.

The protestors were chanting the slogans of “we want security” and “release 31 passengers”.

They urged the government of national unity, international community and the United Nations to spare no efforts to secure release of the kidnapped passengers.

The protestors in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged him to exert his utmost efforts to secure safe release of the kidnapped passengers.

After that security operation for release of the kidnapped passengers did not yield in any result, Afghan officials hardly speak about fate of the 31 kidnapped passengers.

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