e-Ariana - Todays Afghan News
 Home 
 News 
 Articles 
 Cartoons 
 Feedback 
 Opinion  
 Contact Us  
 An Ariana Media Publication 12/22/2014
 Rising kidnap cases spark strike in Herat City

Pajhwok
08/07/2012
By Ahmad Quraishi

[Printer Friendly Version]

HERAT - Workers of industrial companies, moneychangers, doctors, jewellers and traders went on strike in protest against rising kidnappings in western Herat province.



Moneychangers, auto spare businessmen and jewelers closed their shops in the provincial capital, where business centres wore a deserted look.

One striker, Mohammad Rafiq Shahir, told Pajhwok Afghan News that abductions had lately emerged as a key threat to people’s lives, properties and businesses. "We are tired of this situation and can no longer tolerate it.''

About the negative impacts of the strike, he said emergency departments of health care centres, hospitals and some shops would remain open. They would continue their strike until the issue was addressed by the government, he added.

Herat Industrial Union head Hamidullah Khadim, speaking at the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries office, said: "The strike is aimed to ensure security and protection against gangs of kidnappers.''

"The groups are threatening rich people and have made life miserable for residents of Herat, Afghanistan’s commercial hub, disrupting trade and work,'' he complained.

Khadim said seven people were currently in abductors’ captivity, but two children were released after their families agreed to pay ransom on Sunday night. Shown to journalists, Suhrab, the son of a transport company owner, was freed after he spent 105 days in captivity.

Suhrab said: "I was thrown into a vehicle by some masked men who took me to an unknown place on April 17, when I was on the way to school. The captors bothered me and hurled death threats at me.''

His father, Abu Bakar, said: "The abductors first sought a ransom of $0.5 million (25.6 million afghanis) and when they realised that I can't pay such a huge amount, they accepted $117,000.'' He asked the government to improve security conditions.

Khadim said: "Kidnappers often escape punishment. If detained at all, they are forgiven under one presidential decree or another. Their cases are referred to other provinces and they are later released.''

But the governor's media office said 56 people had been detained by police on charges of abduction over the past four months. At least 17 abduction attempts were thwarted.

Back to Top



Other Stories:


Has Afghan election fraud controversy been defused?
The Christian Science Monitor (06/25/2014)

Moscow’s Afghan Endgame
The Diplomat (06/25/2014)

Apologize to people, MPs asks Abdullah
Pajhwok (06/25/2014)

The Men Who Run Afghanistan
The Atlantic (06/23/2014)

After Karzai
The Atlantic (06/23/2014)

IEC secretary announces resignation
Pajhwok (06/23/2014)

IECC spurns Abdullah’s claim; hails UN intervention
Pajhwok (06/23/2014)

Afghan election crisis: 'stuffed sheep' recordings suggest large-scale fraud
The Guardian (06/23/2014)

Foreign spies trading on poll crisis: People
Pajhwok (06/22/2014)

Election commission office closed in Kunduz due to security threats
Khaama Press (06/22/2014)

Afghan Leader Backs U.N. Election Role
The New York Times (06/21/2014)

Tensions mount over Afghan vote, protest held in Kabul
Reuters (06/21/2014)

Hundreds protest alleged Afghan election fraud
The Associated Press (06/21/2014)

Afghan Presidential Election Takes Dangerous Turn
The Huffington Post (06/21/2014)

20,000 Heratis being sent to Iran for work
Pajhwok (12/27/2013)

At Kabul airport, exodus of U.S. aid goes on
The Washington Post (12/27/2013)

Haqqani Network leaders sexually abuse teenager boys
Khama Press (12/27/2013)

Unemployment, Crime Rising Ahead Of Troop Pullout
Tolo (12/27/2013)

British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south
Khama Press (12/27/2013)

Election Officials Emphasize Impartial Surveys
Tolo (12/27/2013)

A Complete US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Would Be 'A Complete Catastrophe' For Civilian Aid
Reuters (12/27/2013)

Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014
NPR (12/27/2013)

Afghanistan, North Korea, and Somalia Are the World's Most Corrupt Countries, With China in the Middle
businessweek.com (12/04/2013)

Poetry of Betrayal: Afghan Elections and Transitional Justice
Beacon Reader (10/25/2013)

Couple beheaded in Helmand province for having love affair
Khaama Press (10/25/2013)

US senator says no aid for Afghanistan unless security deal finalized
Khaama Press (10/25/2013)

Would-be child bombers detained: NDS
Pajhwok (10/25/2013)

Afghanistan
PJ (10/24/2013)

The Afghan dead find a list
Inter Press Service (10/24/2013)

10 runners shortlisted in 2014 presidential race
Pajhwok (10/24/2013)


Back to Top