Two abducted workers of Hungarian oil firm freed in Pak

Two employees of the Pakistani subsidiary of a Hungarian oil company abducted by suspected militants last month have safely reached their homes.

Peshawar: Two employees of the Pakistani
subsidiary of a Hungarian oil company abducted by suspected
militants last month have safely reached their homes in
northwest Pakistan, police said on Monday.

Fayyaz Khattak, an official of MOL Pakistan Oil and
Gas Company, and his driver Syed Kalam were kidnapped from
Sarka Piyala area of Hangu district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
province on December 21.

Police officials declined to say whether the duo had
paid a ransom for their release or they were freed
unconditionally.
Suspected militants have targeted employees of MOL
Pakistan twice since last month.

Six persons, including four paramilitary guards and
two MOL Pakistan employees were killed when the oil company?s
convoy was ambushed in Kohat disrtrict of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
on January 20.

The attackers also abducted two other employees of the
company who are yet to be traced.
MOL Pakistan suspended activities at a well in
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa following last week’s attack and withdrew
its employees from the region.

In a related development, the top administrative
official of Kohat district has said he believes that former
parliamentarian Shah Abdul Aziz and his followers among the
Taliban might have been behind last week’s kidnapping of two
MOL Pakistan employees.

"I believe Shah Abdul Aziz, a former lawmaker from the
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and his supporters among the Taliban are
responsible for the incident," Kohat Commissioner Khalid
Umerzai told `The Express Tribune` newspaper.

Aziz, who had sided with radical students of
Islamabad’s Lal Masjid during an army operation in 2007, was
later jailed for his links with the Taliban.

PTI

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