Islamabad: Unidentified armed men kidnapped
a Hindu trader in the restive Balochistan province of
southwest Pakistan on Sunday, police said.
Sham Lal was travelling with his family to Karach when
the armed men intercepted his car in Rashidabad area of
Khuzdar district and took him away to an unknown location.
Following the incident, the local traders association and
Hindu businessmen protested the kidnapping and demanded that
authorities should steps to trace him.
Police launched a search to recover the trader, officials
No group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
In a separate incident, unidentified armed men looted
cash from Hindu trader Jaisa Ram in Sibi area of Balochistan.
No further details of the incident were immediately
Scores of Hindu traders have either been targeted for
extortion or kidnapped for ransom in Balochistan over the past
Several Hindu families from Balochistan have applied for
asylum in India.
Earlier this month, two Hindus were injured when traders
opened fire at them following a dispute over the land of
According to a media report; the 100-year-old temple is
located in the heart of Umerkot town.