The family of a Pakistani engineer, who was working in South Sudan, claims he has been kidnapped by the rebels from the country's capital city of Juba, DawnNews reported.
A resident of Sindh's Badin district, Ayaz Hussain Jamali was an employee of DAR Petroleum Operating Company.
It is pertinent to mention here that two Indian engineers of the same oil company have also been kidnapped, Scroll.in reported.
But so far neither the Indian Embassy in Juba nor the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has made a statement regarding the kidnappings.
The Pakistani engineer's younger brother, Babar Jamali, who also works in the same oil company informed the family in Badin that Ayaz was kidnapped over a week ago.
The family claims it has made fervent appeals to Pakistan foreign ministry to take up the issue with the Pakistan Ambassador in South Sudan and expedite efforts for Ayaz's early recovery.
The Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also been contacted for a comment in this regard, however, they are yet to comment on the issue.
According to Hindustan Times, the South Sudan government has refused to pay the rebels a ransom of $1 million. South Sudan has been marred by ethnic tension and civil war since 2013.