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Trying to get passengers freed unharmed: Abdullah

Trying to get passengers freed unharmed: Abdullah

Apr 06, 2015 - 16:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said serious and hard efforts had been made to rescue the 31 passengers kidnapped in February in southern Zabul province.

The passengers were kidnapped on Feb 24 by masked gunmen in the Shahjoy district of Zabul province and their fate remains unknown despite a major operation to rescue them.

Presiding over a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Abdullah said the power utility had assured the restoration of power supply to Kabul until tomorrow.

Heavy snowfall and storm had damaged cables carrying electricity from neighbouring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan through cables traversing the snow-bound Salang tunnel.

Some civil societyinfo-icon groups have erected tents in Kabul and have been asking the government to rescue the 31 passengers.

Abdullah said that the government had taken strict measures to rescue the passengers but he could not share information with the public due to the issue’s sensitivity.

“We assure that rescuing the passengers is our top priority, we are trying to get them freed unharmed. The government has not neglected the issue,” he said, adding that people had the right to raise their voices because information about progress in rescuing the hostages had not been shared with them.

The CEO also said Da Afghanistaninfo-icon Breshna Shirkat (DABS) had assured it would restore power supply to Kabul until tomorrow if there was no snowfall in Salang passinfo-icon.

The heavy snowfall and avalanches uprooted three pylons and damaged several others carrying 300 megawatts of electricity from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan about a month ago.

Abdullah also condemned the recent suicide attack on a protest rally in the capital of southeastern Khost province, in which 22 people were killed and 60 others wounded.

He said the Presidential Palace on Sunday appointed a powerful delegation to investigate the incident.

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