QUETTA - Six officials of Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) including its general manager, who were earlier kidnapped from Killa Saifullah district of Balochistan, were recovered from Afghanistan’s Paktika province on Thursday.

Family members of the kidnapped individuals confirmed to media that tribesmen in Paktika province played a vital role in the safe recovery of the individuals.

The kidnapped officials were recovered from the Sharan area of Paktika province, and were brought to the residence of a local tribal elder, Azam Khan.

Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had taken notice of the incident, and the provincial government contacted the Afghan authorities to ensure safe recovery of the kidnapped officials.

Security forces had also launched search operations following the kidnapping, but were unable to apprehend the kidnappers as they had crossed the international border into Afghanistan.

Militant commander surrenders

Seven ferraris including an important commander of banned outfit Jummah Khan laid down arms today (Thursday) in Sibbi. The ferraris surrendered before DIG Sibbi Range Iqrar Hussain in Frontier Corps (FC) headquarter.

Commander Sibbi scouts Colonel Ahsan Raza Zaidi, Chairman district council Malik Qaim-ud-Din Dehpal, Chairman Municipal Committee Haji Daud Rand and other government and security officers were present.

After laying down arms, the ferrari commanders took oath on Quran that they will play a vital role in serving the country and will not become part of any terrorist activities in the future.