ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the government was doing everything possible to locate retired Lieutenant Colonel Habib Zahir.
Commenting on reports and tweets from the Indian media that the former Pakistani army officer was in Indian custody and speculated about his exchange with Kulbhushan Jadhav, FO spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal said: "Pakistan argues that you cannot discard the participation of hostile agencies. "
He said Zahir was a retired Pakistani officer who disappeared in Nepal, where he went to a job interview in April 2017.
The spokesman said that according to his family, he had published his CV on LinkedIn and on the UN website for a job. In response, he received a call and an email from a Mr. Mark stating that he had been shortlisted for the position of vice president. He was asked to visit Nepal and was sent an Oman Airlines ticket for an interview on April 6, 2017.
The participation of hostile agencies in the disappearance of Lieutenant Colonel Habib Zahir is not ruled out
After landing in Nepal, which he visited for the first time in his life, he left the Kathmandu airport (from where WhatsApp had his photos and boarding pass to his family), to the Lumbini airport by Buddha Air. At 1:00 p.m., he sent a message to his wife from his mobile phone to warn him that he had landed safely in Lumbini (a municipality 5 kilometers from the border with India), after which his mobile phone seemed off and his Family lost all contact with him.
Investigations revealed that Mr. Mark's UK phone number was false and was actually an Internet / computer generated number. It was discovered that the website from which he was contacted was operated from India and subsequently removed. The Nepalese government set up a special team to investigate his disappearance, but so far there has been no progress in the matter.
In view of his disappearance from Lumbini and the participation of Indian citizens (who reportedly received him in Lumbini, made their hotel reservations and booked their tickets), Pakistan also repeatedly requested the government of India to help locate it.
However, no positive response was received from the Indian side.
Posted on Dawn, September 19, 2019