Afghanistan: BRAC official

Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil

Afghan police continued search for Nurul Islam, a BRAC official abducted in Afghanistan 20 days ago, a BRAC spokesman in Dhaka said Thursday.

“Rescue efforts are on. We are in constant communication with the Afghan government. Afghan police are trying hard to rescue the kidnapped Bangladeshi citizen. We hope the search will see a success soon,” said M Anwarul Haq, director of public affairs and communication of the non-governmental organization.

“I spoke to Nurul Islam’s wife Anwara Parveen in the morning. She sounded quite optimistic about her husband’s freedom,” he said. “My husband went to work in Afghanistan to help the Afghan people achieve development and also brighten the image of our country there. That’s why I believe that nobody will harm him,” Haq quoted Parveen.

BRAC programme officer Jalal U Ahmed went to the Afghan capital, Kabul, to monitor the rescue efforts.

BRAC official Nurul Islam was kidnapped from his office in Afghanistan on September 8. The armed kidnappers looted 30,000 Afghanis during the abduction. Afghanistan launched a special rescue operation in this connection on September 9. Three suspects have been arrested. In a TV broadcast Monday, Taliban officials clarified that they were not responsible for the kidnapping of Nurul Islam.