LAHORE - Militants have demanded millions of rupees as ransom for the safe release of an intelligence official, who was snatched away from Lahore, police sources said Saturday. The TTP militants allegedly abducted intelligence official, Zaman, from Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on Friday and demanded Rs 200 million as ransom from his family.
The complainant Gul Sherwan told the police that the Taliban had abducted his son Zaman, a resident of Khyber-PK province. The kidnappers demanded the family to arrange the ransom money within two days if they wanted to see him alive. The police registered a case against unidentified militants under Section 365-A of the PPC and are investigating with no arrest so far.
During the last 48 hours, two high-profile abductions involving TTP militants are reported in the Punjab province. A senior official confirmed to The Nation that the militants linked to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) allegedly abducted Rana Jameel Hasan, a provincial legislator of the ruling PML-N.
Punjab Inspector-General of Police Khan Baig has constituted two separate police teams to probe the incidents, a police spokesperson said. Lahore SP CIA Omar Virk said police were investigating the case keeping in view all aspects of the happening including the involvement of the TTP. In 2011, Shahbaz Taseer, the eldest son of slain Governor Salman Taseer, and American development expert Warren Weinstein had been kidnapped from Lahore. Last year, the TTP men abducted the son of former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani from Multan.