Shahbaz's stepmother, stepbrother quizzed by cops



Shahbaz`s stepmother, stepbrother quizzed by cops Lahore: Pakistani police have questioned the stepmother and a stepbrother of kidnapped son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer over their alleged "property dispute" and now believe that religious fundamentalists could be behind the abduction.

Shahbaz Taseer (27) was kidnapped by four armed men near his company head-office in Gulberg area here on August 26.

The police investigators quizzed Ayesha Bokhari, third wife of Taseer and Shan, Taseer's son from first wife.

The investigators asked them about their reported "property dispute" with Shahbaz and other family members.

Bokhari in a written statement to investigators said that Taseers had recently deprived her of lawful share in her husband's property.

She said she had ownership documents of a few flats and a house.

Shahbaz's family claimed that Bokhari, who got ownership letters of commercial and residential property of Taseers company, had failed to pay full money.

An investigator further said that kidnappers had not yet contacted the family adding the police did not see any 'business-related' dispute behind the incident after interrogating all the acquaintances of Taseeer.

Meanwhile, the police have released some suspects after nothing was established against them.

The police had taken into custody some of visitors of Qadri, who had recently met him in Adiala jail Rawalpindi into custody.

Though the investigators say they have not yet got any clue from them but they believe that Qadri's case had something to do with Shahbaz's kidnapping.

PTI