Parsi businesswoman abducted in Pakistan

A Parsi businesswoman, the wife of a former provincial minister who was abducted 10 years back and is still missing, has been kidnapped in Pakistan’s Quetta city, said an official.

Originally published in SIFY

Nilofar Abadan, wife of former provincial minister Faridoon Abadan, was kidnapped by armed men Tuesday, Dawn reported Wednesday.

Faridoon had been kidnapped over 10 years back and continues to be missing. Nilofar has been looking after the business in her husband’s absence.

Nilofar was going to visit Quetta Distillery, owned by her husband, when kidnappers whisked her away.

Hamid Shakeel, a senior police official, said the armed men intercepted her car at a speedbreaker and kidnapped her. The car was later found abandoned.

The official it was the first ever incident in which a businesswoman was kidnapped in Quetta.

Balochistan Minister for Minorities Affairs Basant Lal Gulshan said last month that there was a sense of insecurity among minority communities.

He said the Hindu community was still waiting for the safe return of their religious leader Lakki Chand Garji when another member of their community was killed during a kidnapping attempt in Quetta Feb 6.

As many as three Hindu traders have been killed so far during attempted kidnappings in and around Quetta during the past three years.

Gulshan said people belonging to the minority communities were being compelled to migrate to safer places.

Ram Singh Sodho, who was elected to the Sindh assembly in 2008 on a Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) reserved seat for minorities, fled to India and sent in his resignation to the assembly speaker, Nisar Ahmad Khoro.

  • Parvin Engineer

    Type your comment here…

    We as Zorastrians, should apporach the UN to try for release of Nilofar.

  • Burjor Bharucha

    Pakistan has become a terrorist state ruled by the mafia and underworld goons. Everything goes in the name of religion and the so called Democratic Government of Zardari has become totally spineless in the face of threats from the Talibans and Al Quaidas. A day is not far off when the country will be taken over completely and ruled by the Fanatic Mafais.

    America, UK and other countries are soft peddling the activities of the militant terrorist for fear of adverse repurcussion on their own citizens. Hence to depend on any major country to protect India would be fooling ourselves. India has to be prepared in all respects to protect its boundaries and the lives of its citizens. Lip sympathy is all we will get from the so called powerful nations as per past several experiences and this would be misleading and detrimental to our safety.

  • Arsad Baria

    i sometimes wonder if india had freed herself by open rebellion rather than this passive resistance as did other colonial states, we could have kept the whole works, including pakistan. there is a vast muslim population in india anyway. i wish this for all the people of pakistan including minorities, who must suffer such political unrest and religious laws. they would benefit from the relative stability, democracy and economic revival of india. they are all south asians and indians with a common culture, never mind religion. and india would majestically stretch from iran through all of bengal……

  • qasim

    what do the terrorists have against parsis they are the sweatest of people they are working hard for pakistan

  • qasim

    what do the terrorists have against parsis they are the sweatest of people they are working hard for pakistan

  • Zarathushtri

    I am a Parsi living in the UK.  I really feel for Nilofar and her family. Parsis no matter where we live make a positive contribution to the people of the country. What is there to gain  from kidnapping a defenceless woman?  Prominent Parsis should do something to help their community.

    I live in a town with a large Muslim population and unfortunately Muslims have become more fanatical in recent times.  If they are this fanatical in a liberal country I wonder what they are like in Pakistan, Iran etc?  I can quite honestly say that Pakistan, from what I see, is a failed state.  Britain and American are being fooled by Pakistanis not only in Pakistan but here in the west too.  I would say the war in Afghanistan is misguided and the real problem lies across the border in Pakistan.  

    What Jinnah had in mind for Pakistan is a far cry to what it is today.  Don’t forget Jinnah’s direct descendants  are Parsis and the most notable of which being Nusli Wadia, Jinnah’s grandson.

  • Zarathushtri

    I am a Parsi living in the UK.  I really feel for Nilofar and her family. Parsis no matter where we live make a positive contribution to the people of the country. What is there to gain  from kidnapping a defenceless woman?  Prominent Parsis should do something to help their community.

    I live in a town with a large Muslim population and unfortunately Muslims have become more fanatical in recent times.  If they are this fanatical in a liberal country I wonder what they are like in Pakistan, Iran etc?  I can quite honestly say that Pakistan, from what I see, is a failed state.  Britain and American are being fooled by Pakistanis not only in Pakistan but here in the west too.  I would say the war in Afghanistan is misguided and the real problem lies across the border in Pakistan.  

    What Jinnah had in mind for Pakistan is a far cry to what it is today.  Don’t forget Jinnah’s direct descendants  are Parsis and the most notable of which being Nusli Wadia, Jinnah’s grandson.