Family members of abducted Wapda employees seek human rights activist help

Peshawar: Family members of kidnapped Wapda employees have appealed to the human rights activist Ansar Burney, Abdus Sattar Edhi and other international organizations to take serious steps for the safe recovery of their loved ones who were abducted some time back.

The appeal was made during a hunger strike camp established by the family members of the kidnapped employees of Water and Power Development Authority WAPDA here opposite the cantonment Railway Station on Monday.

According to them, Wapda employees had been kidnapped by the militants for ransom on August 15 2012, and demanded for Rs 150 million for their release.

The Chairman Wapda, they said was contacted and requested to do something immediately for the release of the abductees however chairman did nothing for the release of the workers and just gave assurances to the affected families.

Militants, they said had contacted twice the families and asked them to arrange the demanded amount for the safe release. ‘Militants gave one week deadline for arrangements of the amount otherwise threatened to kill the abductees,” they said.

Those abducted includes Zeshan, Shahid Ali Khan, Zijaj, Siraj, Munir, Liaqat, Mushtaq and Sanaullah.

After getting no fruitful results of the contacts from Wapda, then, they moved the Peshawar High Court PHC wherein Chief Justice CJ issued order to Secretary Law and Order for Federally Administered Tribal Areas FATA Jamal Nasir to recover the abductees within one week.

They lamented despite the court orders, none of Political Administration PA of the concerned agency, Secretary and officials of Wapda contacted the families in this regard.

The next hearing of the case, the grieved families, therefore, appealed to the CJ of PHC to summon Chairman Wapda for next hearing on December 19 in the current month.

They also demanded of the militants to release their loved ones without any demand as they belong to poor families and they can’t afford the amount.