Waiting for Taseer
Silence following his abduction may be linked to the fact that there may be behind-the-scenes investigations.
It has now been over a week and there is no sign of Shahbaz Taseer returning home. The police, we are told, have discovered important clues such as a gun that was reportedly thrown out of a vehicle involved in the kidnapping and some SIMs of mobile phones that were found in Taseer’s abandoned vehicle. The police later also found another SIM card which was said to have been used by the kidnappers.
However, not much has been reported in the news since then on the case, except a statement a couple of days after the abduction to the effect that Taseer was alive and in Lahore.
That said, the relative silence following his abduction may be linked to the fact that there may be behind-the-scenes investigations but the police does not want to reveal anything to the media for fear of alerting the kidnappers.
Right after the abduction, a veritable war of words ensued between Punjab Governor Latif Khosa and the Punjab government, with Khosa all but blaming the government for the kidnapping, alleging it was caused by its non-serious attitude.
Perhaps, the reaction by the PPP was a bit too extreme because the Punjab government does seem to have been taking the matter seriously and the police is giving it the attention that it deserves. The PPP chief in Punjab, Raja Riaz, demanded that the Punjab chief minister resign but that seemed a bit far-fetched since the case is ongoing and we should know that cases of kidnapping involving high-profile victims can often take time to get resolved.
Besides, if one were to blame the Punjab government for Taseer’s abduction and non-recovery, then what about the Sindh government and its abject failure in controlling target killings in Karachi? Shouldn’t it have resigned a long time ago since in this case the situation is not about a single individual but a city housing millions of people?
One hopes that Taseer is recovered as soon as possible and that the governments — both at the centre and in all provinces — ensure that such incidents do not recur.