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PML-N legislator, ISI official abducted by Taliban
PTI
Lahore, May 31, 2014
First Published: 17:20 IST(31/5/2014)
Last Updated: 17:24 IST(31/5/2014)

A ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislator and an ISI official were allegedly kidnapped by the Taliban from Pakistan's Punjab province on Saturday.

Rana Jameel Hasan was going to Islamabad along with his wife when unidentified gunmen intercepted his car and abducted him near Pindi Bhattian, some 150km from Lahore, police said.

The kidnappers blindfolded the couple and took them away to a deserted area. They freed Hasan's wife with a message to arrange Rs. 5 crore ransom.

They threatened Hasan's wife with serious consequences in case the payment is not made in two days' time.

Taking notice of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has asked the Inspector-General to take measures for safe recovery of the Punjab Assembly member.

The IGP has constituted two teams to probe the incident.

Crime Investigation Agency Superintendent Police Umer Virk told PTI that police were investigating all aspects of the case. "We are also not ruling out the involvement of the TTP (Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan) in the kidnapping of Hasan," he said.

In another incident, the TTP allegedly kidnapped an ISI official from Lahore Defence area and demanded Rs. 20 crore from his family.

Gul Sherwan told police that the Taliban had abducted his son Zaman from Lahore. The kidnappers warned the family to arrange the ransom or be prepared to receive his body.

The police have registered a case against the TTP under Section 365-A of the Pakistan Penal Code.


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