Amid death reports, relatives of media executive Zulfi believe his disappearance is a case of mistaken identity | Fpj
Mumbai: Amid media reports that Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan – senior media executive who went missing in Kenya three months ago – was killed by a rogue police unit, his family is still hoping for his safe return. His relatives believe Khan may have been “accidentally” abducted instead of someone else. They also dismissed the gloomy media reports and said they will only give weight to official words.
Speaking to The Free Press Journal on Tuesday, Mr Khan’s brother Iftikhar Khan said the family, including his four sisters, believe Mr Khan must have been mistaken for someone else when he was allegedly abducted.
Zulfi and his friend were part of Kenya Kwanza’s digital media team
“Until July 19, everything seemed fine. He talked to us as usual. He expressed his joy at being in Kenya and the fascinating things he saw there. He told me that by July 24 at the latest he will meet me in Dubai, says Iftikhar who lives in the United Arab Emirates.
According to Kenyan local media reports, Khan and his friend Mohamed Zaid Sami Kidwai were part of the Kenya Kwanza digital media team involved in social media campaigns against opposition that later came to power. Both disappeared along with their taxi driver Nicodemus Mwania on 21 July. Reports suggest the trio were abducted at midnight after a success party.
Zulfi’s family believes in the Indian High Commission in Kenya and the MEA
Mr Khan’s family have entrusted their hopes and beliefs to the Indian High Commission in Kenya and the Ministry of External Affairs, which are actively investigating the issue of missing Indian nationals. “We believe in the authorities that they will bring Zulfi back. We get updates from them from time to time, and we are sure they are doing their best. I also have hope from the Indian High Commissioner (to Kenya) Madam Khampa (Namgya C Khampa) who stands beside us all the time, said Iftikhar.
Asked about media reports theorizing Khan’s death, he said: “It is a domain of speculation. Everything is a rumor for us until we hear it from official authorities. The truth will come out one day.”
The entire Khan family grew up in Asansol and Zulfi was the youngest of the lot and loved by them since childhood. “It is a confusing time for us, but we are hopeful. All of us are eagerly waiting for the return of the missing trio. We are sure they will come back,” Khan concluded with a hopeful smile.
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