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Taliban Kidnap Female Afghan MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar in Ghazni

fariba_ahmadi_kakar_Taliban militants kidnapped a female member of the Afghan parliament as she traveled with her three daughters in the central province of Ghazni on Saturday.

BBC reports Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, who represents Kandahar province in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of parliament, was abducted along the main highway from Kandahar to Kabul.

Police say the woman’s kidnappers are demanding the release of four Taliban prisoners being held by the US-backed government in exchange for Kakar. Her children were rescued in a NATO-led operation involving Afghan intelligence, but Kakar is reportedly being held captive in a separate location.

“The security forces released her children in an operation on Monday,” Ghazni Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told Agence France-Presse.

“The town elders are also involved in talks with the kidnappers to secure [Kakar’s] release,” Ahmadi added.

A spokesman for the Afghan parliament claimed this was the first time that one of its members has been kidnapped in 10 years.

Afghan women, especially public figures and who speak out against the ongoing repression and inequality suffered by females in the ultra-conservative Muslim nation, face great danger.

Last month, 37-year-old Lt. Islam Bibi, the most senior policewoman in Helmand province, was ambushed and shot dead as she left her home in the provincial capital city of Lashkar Gah.

Just last week, Rooh Gul, a female Afghan senator, survived an attack that killed her daughter and a security guard and wounded her husband.

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