Retd Pakistan Lt Col goes missing from Indo-Nepal border

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

The Foreign Office said on Thursday that the role of foreign intelligence agencies can not be ruled out in the disappearance of retired Lt Col Habib Zahir, a former Pakistan Army officer who mysteriously went missing in Nepal earlier this month.

Earlier in the day, the Foreign Office had voiced doubt that spy agency of an enemy country had been involved in the abduction of Muhammad Habib Zahir.

Search is ongoing for the ex-Pakistan Army officer who went missing in Nepal, Samaa reported on Sunday.

There are also claims that the website he applied in and the "fake phone contact" made to him by one Mark Thompson were being operated from India.

In Kathmandu, the information coming from retired army officers groups and verified by military sources revealed that he was provided a Nepalese cellphone sim card by one Javed Ansari, who received him there, the Dawn report added.

The officer contacted his family last on April 6, and after that he could not be reached, his family said on Monday.

Zahir, who retired from service in October 2014 from the artillery wing of the Pakistan Army, worked for a private firm but had posted his profile online seeking another employment.

"We suspect that my father has been abducted and enemy spy agencies might be responsible for it", a police officer quoted Saad as saying.

The last message that he sent from Lumbini said that he had reached his destination.

His disappearance has coincided with the death penalty handed down to former India naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani army court for his involvement in "terrorism and espionage". India, however, says that Jadhav, whose family lives in Mumbai, had gone to Iran for business purposes and was kidnapped by Pakistan.

At least two sources who had personally known Mr. Jadhav during his tenure with the Navy, said it [a link between Lt. Col. Zahir and Jadhav's sentencing] was a hopeful sign.

According to the FO spokesman, the activities of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav were irrefutable proof of Indian involvement in Pakistan.

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