A former parliamentarian has been arrested by Pakistani authorities on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping and execution of a Polish engineer by the Taliban.
Shah Abdul Aziz, a former member of the National Assembly or lower house of parliament who is affiliated to the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, was handed over to police in Attock yesterday on a two-day physical remand for alleged involvement in the abduction and killing of Polish national Piotr Stanczak.
Judge Baqir Ali Rana of anti-terror court no 2 in Rawalpindi, who is also conducting the trial of five Lashker-e-Taiba operatives allegedly involved in the Mumbai attacks, approved the remand of Aziz after a police official said the parliamentarian had given some clues about the killing of Stanczak.
Aziz has been reported as missing since May, when he was last seen on his way to meet the Maulana Abdul Aziz, former cleric of the radical Lal Masjid. It was believed that he had been picked up by intelligence agencies but there was no formal report of his arrest.
The parliamentarian and another suspect in Stanczak's murder, Attaullah, were brought to the court in an armoured vehicle by a large police contingent. Stanczak was kidnapped in September last year from Attock district in Punjab province. The gunmen who abducted him also killed his security guard, driver and an assistant.