A retired officer from the Pakistan Army Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Habiab zahir from the 78th PMA Long Course who arrived in Nepal for a job offer on 6 April 2017, lost contact with his family. An FIR has been lodged by the family of Officer.
Last known sighting of Mr. Zahir with Buddha Airlines aircraft
According to the initial investigation Lt Col Muhammad Habib who served in the artillery, retired from service on 31 Oct, 2014 and was employed in Rafhan Mills at Faisalabad. Just over a few months ago, he posted his CV on LinkedIn and a United Nations Website. In response to his CV a month ago, a person named Mr. Mark Thomson from UK cell number 00447451203722 contacted him through this email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Website is hosted in India) and on cellphone as well, stating that he has been shortlisted for the job of the Vice President/Zonal Director. The record of the email conversation is also available with the family and law enforcement.
Mr. Habib was offered salary package of US$3500-8500 per month and was asked to visit Kathmandu, Nepal for the interview on 6 April, 2017. He was sent a business class ticket from Lahore-Oman-Kathmandu by Oman Airlines. Travel records show that the Officer traveled to Oman by flight number WY344 on 5 April. Investigation reveal that some Javed Ansari, received Lt Col Muhammad Habib at Oman and handed him over Nepal Cell no 009779813848689.
It has been revealed during investigation that www.stratsolutions.biz is hosted in India with the name of Big-Rock and protection to the website was given by Privacy Protect Australia. Presently website has been closed and no data is available. Their twitter account is also closed now. UK cell no 00447451203722 of ‘Mr Thomposon’ has been identified as a fake rather is an internet/ computer generated no. It was being used on telephone calling VOIP application. Record shows that Lt Col Muhammad Habaib retd arrived Kathmandu on 6th April, 2017 and same day he left Kathmandu airport for Lumbini by Buddah Air. At 1300 on 6th April, 2017 he send a message from his cell to his wife that he has landed at Lumbini, municipality 5km away from Indian border safely. Since then his cell nos (Nepal and Pakistan) are switched off and no trace of him has been found. His family is in great distress fearing that he might have been trapped by the Indian Govt agencies, namely RAW.
Mr Zahir has reportedly disappeared from Lumbini, Nepal
The sources have further revealed that the Govt of Pakistan has contacted the Nepal Govt to trace out the missing Pakistani. It seems that Mr Zahir has been systematically trapped by the Indian Govt agencies to later blame him for some non existent crime or to use him as a leverage to get the Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav released by holding an innocent Pakistani citizen as ransom. In doing so the Indian govt has not only committed an international crime of kidnapping a citizen of another state but also committed a flagrant violation of Nepalese sovereignty. It is hoped that the Govt of Pakistan will leave no stone un turned to secure his safe return with the help of the Nepalese Govt.
Indian citizen linked to the kidnapping of Lt. Col (R) Habib Zahir from #Nepal has been identified. More details to follow.
— Pakistan Defence (@defencepk) April 9, 2017
Source: Pakistan Defence.