Family of kidnapped Indian appeals for help

DUBAI — Family members of the kidnapped Indian, Sarang Mohammed Naeem, who was working in a Dubai-based company’s branch office in Kabul, Afghanistan, have appealed for help from authorities to negotiate and free him soon.

By Preeti Kannan (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Thu 24 Apr 2008, 9:39 AM

Last updated: Thu 15 Jun 2023, 3:48 PM

Naeem, who had earlier worked for a company in Abu Dhabi for three years before he found a job in Afghanistan from the emirate, was allegedly kidnapped by the Taleban.

Mohammed Mudasir, brother of Naeem, told Khaleej Times yesterday from their home in the south Indian town of Mangalore, “We are anxious and worried about Naeem. We really hope that the Indian government negotiates and helps free my brother. My parents, his wife and children are in a state of shock. All we want is his freedom.” Naeem, an engineer with HEB International Logistics in Kabul, was abducted from Herat province on Monday night.

Mudasir said, “The last we saw him was in January this year, when he came to change his visa to join HEB International.

His wife and three children, who had gone to Mumbai on vacation, are devastated after hearing the news.”

Mudasir added, “HEB officials from Kabul called up and assured us that they were trying their best to get Naeem freed and asked us not to worry.

“All we want is my brother to be back home safe. We do not want him to go back to Afghanistan.”

Naeem has been in the war-torn country for about five years as an electrical engineer and was previously working with a hotel.

When contacted, the company’s officials in Dubai and Afghanistan declined to comment on the issue.

Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Jayant Prasad told Khaleej Times on the phone, “Local authorities are investigating. In a case like this, we are not in a position to comment who is behind it (the abduction).”

He added that the embassy in Afghanistan were not in touch with the family members.

A Nepali national is also said to have been kidnapped along with Naeem.

India has huge investment interests in Afghanistan and has ongoing reconstruction projects including development projects worth nearly $600 million in the country.

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