`Qadri Lovers` angle in Taseer kidnapping probed

Shahbaz Taseer, 27, was kidnapped by four armed men near his office in Gulberg area.

Lahore: Pakistani police is probing the
possibility of supporters of slain Punjab governor Salman
Taseer`s assassin being behind the kidnapping of his son as
part of leads into the case, but are yet to make any headway.

Shahbaz Taseer, 27, was kidnapped yesterday by four armed
men near his office in Gulberg area.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Fazal Hamid, who is
part of the investigation team, told a news agency today that they had
been working on different leads including that of the
involvement of the `Mumtaz Qadri Lovers` group as also a
property dispute angle.

The Taseer family had been receiving threats since the
killing of the former governor in January this year at the
hands of his own security guard, Mumtaz Qadri, of the Elite
Force who was opposed to Taseer`s opinion that the country`s
blasphemy laws needed to be amended.

Confessing to his crime, Qadri had said he had killed
Taseer for "committing blasphemy".

The anti-terrorism court hearing the case, adjourned the
proceedings today till September 10.

Taseer had requested President Asif Ali Zardari to suspend
the death sentence of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, in a
blasphemy case.

Religious extremist groups, who said Qadri had done a
"commendable job to kill a blasphemer," had warned the court
and the government against convicting him.

Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has accused Shahbaz
Sharif`s Punjab government of "having indirect link with the
kidnapping of Taseer junior".

A `Qadri`s Lovers Group` has been active in holding
demonstrations and issuing warnings to the government.
"We had taken two Afghans into custody yesterday night
from Gulberg but later released as they were only present
there," Hamid said.

ASP Hamid said police had taken the finger print record on
the car of Taseer and sent it to the National Database
Registration Authority for identification of the kidnappers.

"We have also got the telephone record of Shahbaz," he

Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Khosa accused the Punjab
governor of being indirectly responsible for Taseer`s

Referring to the Sharifs he said: "Earlier they had killed
Salman Taseer and now they have kidnapped his son".
The governor said he would ask the PPP co-chairman Zardari
to review its reconciliation policy with the PML-N as the PPP
could not tolerate "more accesses of the PML-N government".

Shahbaz Taseer`s aunt Aysha Haq has got a kidnap case
registered against unidentified people. Shahbaz`s younger
brother Shaheyar is the complainant of the case.
Shahbaz was looking after the business affairs of the


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