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Date: 18 Nov 2008 02:01:41
From: samsloan
Subject: Akhtar Jan Kohistani, an Afghan Government official kidnapped in
I have been reading about Akhtar Jan Kohistani, an Afghan Government
official who was kidnapped in Drosh, Chitral on November 2, 2008 and I
just realized that this is almost certainly the same man who was in
prison with me in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in 1978.

http://www.afgha.com/?q=node/9558
http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=59141

On or about June 4, 1978 I was arrested in Nawzad, Helmand Province,
Afghanistan and taken to jail in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. After two
weeks I escaped from jail, but then I was arrested again at Torkam
while trying to cross the border into Pakistan. I was taken to
Jalalabad Mahbas Prison and later transferred to Demazang Prison and
then to Puli Charqi Prison in Kabul.

Fortunately, on September 3, 1978 I was released into Pakistan with
the help of US Consular Officers Warren Marrick and David Bloch.

One man I met in Jalalabad Prison was Akhtar Jan. In fact, he helped
me mail the letter to the US Embassy in Kabul that eventually got me
out of jail.

A few years later, I met this same Akhtar Jan in Peshawar. I was happy
to see him because at least half of the prisoners in Jalalabad Prison
with me had been executed by firing squad.

Akhtar Jan later asked me to write a letter of recommendation to help
him obtain a visa and admission to a university in England. After
sending him the letter of recommendation, which must have been in 1981
or 1983, I never heard from him again.

I am almost certain that the Akhtar Jan Kohistani who was kidnapped
in Chitral on November 2, 2008 is the same Akhtar Jan who was in
prison with me in Jalalabad in July-August 1978. If not, he is someone
with a remarkably similar biography.

I will do anything I can to help him, as he definitely helped me when
we were in prison together in 1978.

Very few prisoners got out of that prison alive. The only two others I
know of who survived were Jalaladin from Nuristan whom I later met in
a refugee camp in Chitral and Muhammad Anvar Amin, with whom I played
many games of chess, Indian style, in Jalalabad Prison. (I won all the
chess games, but what do you expect from a mountain man from
Nuristan.) I developed my "Jalalabad Defense" (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 c5)
there.

Muhammad Anvar Amin was later killed in Pakistan. This is described in
Richard Strand's Nuristan site:

http://users.sedona.net/~strand/Nuristani/Kamkata/Kom/KomTexts/Anvar3.html

So, at least four prisoners survived Jalalabad Prison. However, none
of the prisoners I met in Demazang or Puli Charqi prisons were ever
seen alive again.

Ismail Sloan




 
Date: 20 Nov 2008 04:21:16
From: samsloan
Subject: Re: Akhtar Jan Kohistani, an Afghan Government official kidnapped in
Dear Abdul Khaleq,

Thank you for explaining this because you are the one person who knew
the Akhtar Jan who was in prison with me in Jalalabad because you were
present when I met him again in either 1981 or 1983 in University
Town, Peshawar, because both you and Akhtar Jan were working together
with SERV at that time.

My guess is that this kidnapping is not very serious and he will get
out. It seems like a minor personal dispute, not a kidnapping for
ransom like some of the others.

Ismail Sloan

On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 3:31 AM, Abdul Khaleq <[email protected] >
wrote:

Yes this is sam man He has got maried in kalkathak Chitral but he
ia kidnaped this is I dot not know how far true, he has good realetion
with the Karzai governiment. the last I met him was 17 july2008, he
was with his friends and some of his relatives.kidnaping is unknow to
me. and I asked other Afghan who also know him did not knew about this
kidnaping.

On Nov 18, 5:01=A0am, samsloan <[email protected] > wrote:
> I have been reading about =A0Akhtar Jan Kohistani, an Afghan Government
> official who was kidnapped in Drosh, Chitral on November 2, 2008 and I
> just realized that this is almost certainly the same man who was in
> prison with me in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in 1978.
>
> http://www.afgha.com/?q=3Dnode/9558http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?=
id=3D59141
>
> On or about June 4, 1978 I was arrested in Nawzad, Helmand Province,
> Afghanistan and taken to jail in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. After two
> weeks I escaped from jail, but then I was arrested again at Torkam
> while trying to cross the border into Pakistan. I was taken to
> Jalalabad Mahbas Prison and later transferred to Demazang Prison and
> then to Puli Charqi Prison in Kabul.
>
> Fortunately, on September 3, 1978 I was released into Pakistan with
> the help of US Consular Officers Warren Marrick and David Bloch.
>
> One man I met in Jalalabad Prison was Akhtar Jan. In fact, he helped
> me mail the letter to the US Embassy in Kabul that eventually got me
> out of jail.
>
> A few years later, I met this same Akhtar Jan in Peshawar. I was happy
> to see him because at least half of the prisoners in Jalalabad Prison
> with me had been executed by firing squad.
>
> Akhtar Jan later asked me to write a letter of recommendation to help
> him obtain a visa and admission to a university in England. After
> sending him the letter of recommendation, which must have been in 1981
> or 1983, I never heard from him again.
>
> I am almost certain that the =A0Akhtar Jan Kohistani who was kidnapped
> in Chitral on November 2, 2008 is the same =A0Akhtar Jan who was in
> prison with me in Jalalabad in July-August 1978. If not, he is someone
> with a remarkably similar biography.
>
> I will do anything I can to help him, as he definitely helped me when
> we were in prison together in 1978.
>
> Very few prisoners got out of that prison alive. The only two others I
> know of who survived were Jalaladin from Nuristan whom I later met in
> a refugee camp in Chitral and Muhammad Anvar Amin, with whom I played
> many games of chess, Indian style, in Jalalabad Prison. (I won all the
> chess games, but what do you expect from a mountain man from
> Nuristan.) I developed my "Jalalabad Defense" (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 c5)
> there.
>
> Muhammad Anvar Amin was later killed in Pakistan. This is described in
> Richard Strand's Nuristan site:
>
> http://users.sedona.net/~strand/Nuristani/Kamkata/Kom/KomTexts/Anvar3...
>
> So, at least four prisoners survived Jalalabad Prison. However, none
> of the prisoners I met in Demazang or Puli Charqi prisons were ever
> seen alive again.
>
> Ismail Sloan



 
Date: 20 Nov 2008 03:37:56
From: samsloan
Subject: Re: Akhtar Jan Kohistani, an Afghan Government official kidnapped in
The truth is that my attachment to Chitral is in part because of what
happened just before I first got there, because when I was released
from prison in Afghanistan and escorted across the border at Torkham
to Pakistan on September 3, 1978, I felt that I had started on my
second life.

So many prisoners had been executed in the jails in Afghanistan and I
alone was one of the very few who were witnesses to what was going on
there and who got out alive. And then nobody at that time would
believe my stories of what was going on in Afghanistan (but now
everybody realizes that what I was saying was true).

So, only ten days after I got out of jail in Afghanistan I got married
in Chitral (My first wife).

So, the second phase of my life starts on September 3, 1978.

Now, I know you are making a joke about them putting me in jail in
Guantanamo this time, but the truth is that I am not very popular with
the BUSH Government over here either and they would probably like to
put me in Guantanamo if they could figure out a way to do it and get
away with it.

I still get cold chills every time I think about what almost happened
to me in Afghanistan in 1978 and what actually did happen to so many
innocent Afghans there.

Ismail Sloan

--- In [email protected], Muhammad Abeer <[email protected] >
wrote:
>
>
>
> very intersting story. dun tell any body if Akhtar Jan is the same one wh=
o helped you in Afghanistan prison otherwise American CIA will again put u =
in prison not in Jalalabad this time but in Guntanamo. hahaha
>
> this is unbelivbale your attachment with Chitral is still alive despite y=
our broken marriage with KHONZA GUL. ( i was in School when this story of y=
ours and KG took place.)
>
> Thanks!!
> MAK, Chitral
>
>
>
> To: [email protected]: [email protected]: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 09:56:48 +0000Subject: =
[chitrali] Akhtar Jan Kohistani
>
>
>
> I have been reading about Akhtar Jan Kohistani, an Afghan Governmentoffic=
ial who was kidnapped in Drosh, Chitral on November 2, 2008 and Ijust reali=
zed that this is almost certainly the same man who was inprison with me in =
Jalalabad in 1978.http://www.afgha.com/?q=3Dnode/9558http://www.thenews.com=
.pk/updates.asp?id=3D59141On or about June 4, 1978 I was arrested in Nawzad=
, Helmand Province,Afghanistan and taken to jail in Lashkar Gah, Afghanista=
n. After twoweeks I escaped from jail, but then I was arrested again at Tor=
kamwhile trying to cross the border into Pakistan. I was taken toJalalabad =
Mahbas Prison and later transferred to Demazang Prison andthen to Puli Char=
qi Prison in Kabul.Fortunately, on September 3, 1978 I was released into Pa=
kistan withthe help of US Consular Officers Warren Marrick and David Bloch.=
One man I met in Jalalabad Prison was Akhtar Jan. In fact, he helpedme mail=
the letter to the US Embassy in Kabul that eventually got meout of jail.A =
few years later, I met this same Akhtar Jan in Peshawar. I was happyto see =
him because at least half of the prisoners in Jalalabad Prisonwith me had b=
een executed by firing squad.Akhtar Jan later asked me to write a letter of=
recommendation to helphim obtain a visa and admission to a university in E=
ngland. Aftersending him the letter of recommendation, which must have been=
in 1981or 1983, I never heard from him again.I am almost certain that the =
Akhtar Jan Kohistani who was kidnappedin Chitral on November 2, 2008 is the=
same Akhtar Jan who was inprison with me in Jalalabad in July-August 1978.=
If not, he is someonewith a remarkably similar biography.I will do anythin=
g I can to help him, as he definitely helped me whenwe were in prison toget=
her in 1978.Very few prisoners got out of that prison alive. The only two o=
thers Iknow of who survived were Jalaladin from Nuristan whom I later met i=
na refugee camp in Chitral and Muhammad Anvar Amin, with whom I playedmany =
games of chess, Indian style, in Jalalabad Prison. (I won all thechess game=
s, but what do you expect from a mountain man fromNuristan.) I developed my=
"Jalalabad Defense" (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 c5) there.Muhammad Anvar Amin was lat=
er killed in Pakistan. This is described inRichard Strand's Nuristan site:h=
ttp://users.sedona.net/~strand/Nuristani/Kamkata/Kom/KomTexts/Anvar3.htmlSo=
, at least four prisoners survived Jalalabad Prison. However, noneof the pr=
isoners I met in Demazang or Puli Charqi prisons were everseen alive again.=
Ismail Sloan
>