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Govt failed to release 31 abductees: MPs

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi: KABUL: Expressing serious concerns over uncertain fate of the 31 abducted passengers, members of the Wolesi Jirga on Monday said the government has been failed to release the kidnapped passengers.

Uncertain fate of the passengers, growing insecurity and presence of the Islamic State (IS) fighters in some parts of the country were major issues discussed by the lawmakers.

The MPs urged the government to accelerate efforts for releasing the abductees from the clutched of kidnappers, still to be identified.

Muhammad Arif Rahmani, an MP from Ghazni, alleged the government of committing negligence in its duties and warned that if measures were not taken, one day the IS would make inroads in Kabul.

He asked the lawmakers to interfere and force the national unity government leaders to secure safe release of the passengers.

Rahmani said that security officials including the ministers of interior affairs and defense should be summoned to brief the legislators about steps taken for release of the passengers.

Nadir Khan Katawazi, an MP from Paktia, said that all Afghans as a nation were united to share pain of their Hazara brothers. Katawazi urged the government to release the abducted passengers as soon as possible.

Chairing the session, the deputy speaker Zahir Qader said that he himself has taken steps to release the abductees. The deputy speaker said that he was utilizing his own resources for this purpose.

“I discussed the issue with President Ashraf Ghani. The president hoped that the passengers will be rescued soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, local media reported that dead bodies of the two passengers were found in Zabul.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has assured to release the abductees, but said that he could not disclose the details while keeping safety of the passengers in view.

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