'Enemy spy agency' may have kidnapped missing official


Charge d' Affairs at the Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu Javed Ahmed Umrani on Friday asked the Nepalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out whereabouts of the missing retired army officer.

The former Pakistan Army officer mysteriously went missing in Nepal earlier this month.

Zahir, who retired from service in October 2014 from the artillery wing of the Pakistan Army, worked for a private firm but had posted his profile online seeking another employment.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Zahir was "trapped" and Pakistan was in touch with Nepal to trace him.

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The developments in his case were brought to the fore following Pakistani military court's decision to sentence Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national, to death on Monday.

Somebody by the name of Mark Thompson had reportedly contacted him both via email and telephone for a job interview in Nepal for which he was also provided an air ticket, the daily said.

After reaching Lumbini, he made a phone call to his family from a local mobile number which was switched off immediately after the call, reports said. But Pakistan has repeatedly refused India any consular access to Jadhav.

About remarks of Indian Prime Minister during visit of his Bangladesh counterpart to New Delhi accusing Pakistan of terrorism, he said the Indian leader was referring to the state terrorism being perpetrated in Occupied Kashmir.

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"India remains involved in subversive and terrorist activities and terror financing in Pakistan".

Zakaria condemned the killing of what he said were 14 Kashmiris by Indian security forces in the past one week.

Talking to BBC Urdu, a senior Nepali police official, SSP Dipak Thapa said that the CCTV footage shows an unknown man received the officer at the Gautam Buddha Airport, which is also known as Bhairahawa Airport. Now, with the global community having exhausted of this silly play-acting by the South Asian nuclear states, a new era of "spy snatching" appears to be going on.

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