- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 9, 2003

Three missing Afghan students do not want to return to Afghanistan and have relatives living in the United States, D.C. police said.
The three students, all women from Kabul, are in their mid-20s and have not been seen since Jan. 28, said Metropolitan Police Capt. Michael Jacobs, citing a report filed the day after they went missing.
"We haven't been able to find them, but we have no indication of foul play," said police Cmdr. Jeff Moore.
The three were identified as Soma Akrami, Nazifa Sarwari and Muzhda Asadi.
They were part of a group attending a Georgetown University forum on rebuilding Afghanistan, according to the university's public affairs office. They did not attend an 8 a.m. working session Jan. 29.
The program has since concluded, and the other students have returned to Afghanistan.
"This matter is being handled by the Afghan Embassy, and appropriate local and federal authorities," Georgetown spokeswoman Gloria Lacap said in a statement.
There was no answer at the Afghan Embassy last night.
Cmdr. Moore said the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service is involved in the investigation.
An INS spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment yesterday.
The Afghan women disappeared from their Northwest hotel before they were scheduled to attend a briefing and a photo opportunity with first lady Laura Bush.
"The day they were supposed to go to the White House for a tour, they turned up missing," Cmdr. Moore said.
All three are on 30-day visitors' visas, which will expire later this month, Cmdr. Moore said.
Because of the missing women's age and status as college students, investigators have looked into bars and other university hangouts, he said. They also checked hospitals, believing the three might have been admitted after drinking too much.
Capt. Jacobs said the person who reported them missing noted that they did not want to return to Afghanistan and have family in the United States. He did not identify that person and did not say where the relatives live.
He said there has been no indication the women have had contact with their relatives.
"Blueprint for the Future: Connecting Afghan and American Students" was a continuation of a similar Georgetown University Summit held in July 2002, according to Georgetown University's public affairs office.
Summit themes include trade, commerce, education, health, women and family, according to public affairs.
Summit participants also visited the State Department, the Senate, local movie theaters, the National Mall, museums and a Georgetown University basketball game.

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