Top Pak military official`s son-in-law kidnapped
Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 23:25
Lahore: The son-in-law of Pakistan's second highest ranking military official was abducted from outside his residence in this eastern city today, police said on Thursday.

Aamir Malick, the son-in-law of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen Tariq Majid, was forced into a car outside his residence in Model Town and taken away yesterday evening, police said.

At least 10 people travelling in a car and two motorcycles were involved in the abduction, according to a First Information Report registered by police.

Malick, who runs an upmarket jewellery store, was abducted shortly after he drove up to his home in his car.

It could not immediately be ascertained whether he had been kidnapped for ransom or whether any militant group was involved in the crime.

Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen said Malick's family had not yet received any call from the kidnappers.

"It is premature to say that Malick has been abducted either for ransom or by militant organisations. However we are working actively on the case," he said.

Punjab province police chief Tariq Saleem Dogar is personally monitoring the case. Data of incoming and outgoing calls of Malick's mobile phone had been collected, officials said.

A senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "After the killing of the only son of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain and an attempt on the life of the sister of Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Malick's abduction by militants cannot be ruled out."

The local Taliban have threatened to target political leaders, military officials and their families to avenge the killing of militants in operations conducted by the Pakistan Army in the country's northwest.


First Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 23:25

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