MIRANSHAH: The body of a Polish man – who was beheaded in February by the Taliban – was handed over to the local administration on Sunday, officials said. AFP reported that forty-two-year-old geologist Piotr Stanczak was working in Pakistan for a Polish oil and natural gas exploration company when he was seized by the Taliban last September. Stanczak’s abductors killed his driver and bodyguard.
Stanczak was decapitated on February 7, which was filmed by his captors and provoked a furious reaction from Warsaw, which slammed Islamabad’s ‘apathy’ over tackling terrorism. Stanczak’s body was handed over to the local administration in the town of Razmak, located about 65 kilometres south of Miranshah.
Razmak police official Razaullah Khan told AP, “A car stopped by the paramilitary camp around noon today (Sunday), leaving the casket on the ground near the wall.” A security official, on condition of anonymity, said the body was flown out of the area by helicopter but would not disclose the destination for security reasons.
In Islamabad, Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik said the body would be handed over to the Polish embassy officials today. However, Malik would not confirm if Stanczak had been beheaded.
Input from agencies