Islamabad: Six suspects, including two women, were arrested on Thursday during an operation to trace the kidnapped son of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani in Pakistan's restive northwest, officials said. A joint team of police and law enforcement agencies raided the property of a man named Sardar Ali near Akhora Khattak in Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province early Thursday morning. The team arrested six suspects and freed a kidnapped man named Abdul Wahab but could not trace Ali Haider Gilani, who was abducted on May 9.
Nowshera district police chief Waqar Ahmed told the media that Abdul Wahab had said that Ali Haider too had been held by the kidnappers at the same place. Ahmed said the raid was carried out after police gathered some "technical data" about the kidnappers. "Wahab told us that another kidnapped man from Punjab,
who said he was Prime Minister Gilani's son and a candidate in the elections, was being held at the same place," Ahmed said. Two women were among the arrested persons. Ahmed said all the suspects detained by police were Afghan refugees.
"The gang leaders are still at large," Ahmed said. "We are conducting more raids. It is possible that they may have released Ali Haider and police would soon trace him." The arrested persons were later taken from Nowshera to Peshawar. Officials said the raid was carried out in a forested area. A large number of Afghan refugees and people from the tribal belt work on farms in
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Lahore: The Punjabi Taliban is believed to be behind the kidnapping of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Haider, officials said on Thursday. "A Punjabi Taliban group based in Mian Chanu, 80 km from Multan district, is believed to be involved in the kidnapping of Ali Haider Gilani," a source in Punjab Police said. Earlier in the day, gunmen kidnapped Ali Haider in Multan district, 350 km from Lahore,...
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