ANP's former president kidnapped in Quetta
24 October, 2013
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.
Police said that the driver of the ANP leader was also taken into custody for interrogation and a case has been registered against the unidentified kidnappers. Besides being a leader of the ANP, Arbab Abdul Zahir Kasi is also the head of the Kasi tribe and his kidnapping has raised concern among the political and tribal quarters of the province.
"We strongly condemn the kidnapping of Kasi. An emergent meeting of heads of law enforcement agencies has been called to devise a strategy for his early recovery," Home Minister Bugti said. He added that a comprehensive plan was being chalked out for the eradication of kidnapping and other crimes.
Meanwhile, a large number of ANP workers and members of Kasi tribe gathered at different roads of the city, including at Kasi Road, Science College Chowk and Bacha Khan Chowk, and set old tyres on fire. Some armed men resorted to aerial firing that created panic in the city and massive traffic jams, forcing shopkeepers and banks to pull down shutters.