PESHAWAR: Freed educationist Prof Ajmal Khan said on Friday his captors treated him “well” during his four-year long captivity at different places.
“I was treated well,” a visibly shaken and weak vice-chancellor of Islamia College University, told visitors a day after security forces said late on Thursday that it freed him from his captors.
Banned terrorists outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed to abduct Khan on September 8, 2010, when he was on his way to the university.
Khan said he was kept both in Pakistan and Afghanistan during these years. However, he was all praise for the Mehsud tribe members who guarded him during his captivity. “They treated me well,” the VC said, who was found avoiding direct answer for unknown reasons.
His captor – the TTP – forced the educationist to appeal to the government for his release in return for the release of jailed terrorists.
The army did not say from where it recovered the kidnapped educationist nor did say any gun-battle took place for his release.
A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations read that security forces and intelligence agencies had been trying to locate Prof Khan since his abduction.
A tribal journalist from North Waziristan Agency (NWA), Safdar Hayat Dawar, told Daily Times that the government “released a TTP man in exchange for the kidnapped VC”.
He based his information on a telephone call he received from Azam Tariq, South Waziristan TTP spokesman, on Friday. According to Dawar, Tariq told him that the government “freed” Izhar, who was arrested in connection with Prof Khan’s kidnapping, to exchange the educationist.
“The kidnapped persons were exchanged in Dogar area of Kurram tribal area and no ransom has been paid for Ajmal Khan’s release,” Tariq said, according to Dawar.
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