ANP’s Former President Kidnapped in Quetta

QUETTA: Gunmen abducted the former president of Awami  National Party (ANP) Balochistan chapter, Arbab Zahir Khan Kasi, on Wednesday.

Kasi was on his way home  when the armed men kidnapped him from Patel Road of the city. “The law enforcement agencies have been directed to cordon off the area and ensure early recovery of the ANP leader,” Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said, adding that a high-level meeting has been convened to discuss the law and order situation in the province. Quoting his driver, police said kidnappers forced Kasi out of his vehicle and bundled him into their car. The kidnappers beat the driver and snatched his mobile and car’s key before escaping.

Talking to media, son of the kidnapped ANP leader, Arbab Umar Farooq said his family had no enmity with anybody, and confirmed that the kidnappers manhandled the driver.

“Security has been beefed up throughout the city, especially at exit points of the city while police is making all-out efforts to ensure early and safe recovery  of Kasi,” said Quetta Regional Police Officer Arif Nawaz.

Staff Report

Published  in The Balochistan Point on October 23,2013

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