HYDERABAD – A Pakistani engineer who was abducted second last week in South Sudan along with his three Chinese colleagues has been released.
Ayaz Hussain Jamali, who is a Petroleum Engineer, working with a Chinese company, was among the four oil workers who were abducted from South Sudan’s capital city of Juba earlier in March.
Fighters loyal to former vice president Riek Machar had kidnapped the engineers in a bid to force DAR, a Chinese and Malaysian consortium, to leave the country.
Jamali’s sister Abida told Dawn that their other brother, Babar, who also works in the same company in South Sudan, informed the family in Sindh’s Badin district that the 28-year-old engineer has been recovered.
Abida thanked the Pakistani and Chinese government, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as well as the media in helping to ensure her brother’s safe recovery.
South Sudan, which split away from Sudan in 2011 after decades of conflict, has been mired in civil war since President Salva Kiir sacked Machar in 2013.