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Kidnappings hamper investment: Official

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: Ahmad Zia Massoud, special representative for the president in good governance says that abduction is hampering the trend of investment in the country.

“The businessmen are not willing to invest in the country due to insecurity and abduction cases that left majority of our youth unemployed,” Massoud addressed a gathering Saturday in Kabul.

He asked the government to eliminate kidnapping and amend criminal law, augmenting death penalty for those who commit abducting crime.

“As President Ghani recently ordered the judiciary organs to hang the terrorists and Taliban, therefore, it is a necessity to execute the abductors in public for their heavy crimes to be an example for others.”

“If the government hangs 10 abductors in public, there would not be any kidnapping case,” he pointed.

The remarks come three days after a group of armed men wearing military uniforms stormed in DACAAR compound in Jalalabad the provincial capital of Nangarhar province and took an Australian female employee.

A few months ago, a teenager boy named Abasseen was kidnapped from Kabul city for ransom.

The kidnappers cut his finger off and sent it to his family. After they did not receive money they killed him.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) earlier said in a statement that five people have been arrested in connection with the boy’s kidnapping and murder.

The arrested people confessed to Abaseen’s murder during preliminary investigations, the NDS said in a statement.

So far many businessmen are concern about insecurity and abdicating cases and they urged government to keep their security and put to death the abductors.

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