Police fear kidnapped SHC chief justice’s son will be used as bargaining chip

Published: June 21, 2016
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Advocate Ovais Ali Shah. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Advocate Ovais Ali Shah. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

KARACHI: Masked men kidnapped the son of Sindh High Court (SHC) chief justice in Karachi, police said on Tuesday, suspecting the victim could be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations to free imprisoned militants.

Ovais Ali Shah, the son of SHC CJ Sajjad Ali Shah, was abducted from outside a supermarket in the city on Monday, according to police. Eyewitnesses told officers that Shah, a lawyer, had put up a fight before being quickly overpowered and thrown into a white getaway car.

“So far it is kidnapping, and my professional assessment is that it is not for ransom,” Allah Dino Khawaja, the Sindh Police chief told Reuters.

SHC chief justice’s son goes missing in Karachi

Security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media, said they suspected the kidnappers would offer to free Shah in return for the release of captured militants.

Kidnapping by criminal gangs and militants is common in the country. Police did not say why they suspected Shah had been abducted by militants.

Karachi has long been plagued by political, ethnic and religious violence, although crime has dropped sharply since the launch of a paramilitary operation in September 2013.

Pakistan has been fighting an extremist insurgency led by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella group of militant organisations seeking the overthrow of the government, since 2007.

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Violence countrywide has dropped significantly since 2014, when the military launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, but attacks against civilians and security forces continue.

Earlier this year, Shahbaz Taseer, the son of slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, was rescued four years after he was kidnapped by militants in Lahore.

Last month, US and Afghan forces freed Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, three years after gunmen abducted him.

Rangers announce Rs2.5m reward

Meanwhile, Pakistan Rangers Sindh has announced a reward of Rs2.5 million for informing the paramilitary force about the whereabouts of Shah’s alleged kidnappers.

“People are requested to send information on Rangers Whatsapp number 0316-2369996, email ID rangers.madadgar@gmail.com or Rangers helpline 1101,” a statement said on Tuesday.

Targeted raids

Earlier, Rangers conducted targeted raids at various areas of the metropolis, including Nazimabad, New Karachi, Steel Town, Landhi, Sultanabad and Malir Town areas.

“[As many as] 10 criminals have been arrested including three target killers of notorious militant wing of a political party, six affiliated with banned outfits and one extortionist. Weapons and ammunition were also recovered.”

The paramilitary force also conducted search operation in Orangi, Gaddap, Liaqatabad, Kimari, Korangi, Clifton and Jamshed Town areas in connection with the kidnapping of SHC CJ’s son.

The Special Security Unit of Sindh Police also conducted a surgical operation with the help of drone cameras in several areas adjacent to the Tipu Sultan road in connection with Shah’s kidnapping.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jun 21, 2016 - 2:29PM

    We can pray only for his safetyRecommend

  • Strategic location
    Jun 21, 2016 - 3:33PM

    Son of governor
    Son of prime minister
    Son of CJ

    Seriously? What sort of place is this?Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Jun 21, 2016 - 5:43PM

    This is the result of extremism which is fueled by ILLITERACY and INJUSTICE. I pray that Ovais returns soon to his home, as I am also a father of a son of similar age. However, WE all particularly the ELITE ( both political and Establishment) have to ponder why don’t we increase investment in EDUCATION and facilitate JUSTICE in Pakistan…….May Allah guide us all…to prevent another Ovais being abducted as a bargaining chip……However the Pakistani ELITE are too ARROGANT to mend their ways…….Recommend

  • brar
    Jun 21, 2016 - 7:25PM

    Pray for his safe return, but astonished that an award of 2.5 Million announced immediately because he was son of Chieh justic.Recommend

  • maz3tt
    Jun 21, 2016 - 8:32PM

    pray for his safe return but what about common men?? people get kidnapped all the time but i have never seen qaim ali shah’s becoming concern. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 21, 2016 - 8:33PM

    @Strategic location: People appear to be unhappy, very unhappy with our leaders.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 21, 2016 - 8:42PM

    @brar: The reward makes sense, since it appears the man was kidnapped due to his being son of CJ SHC. Being in such positions exposes officials to various risk factors, and to mitigate said risks various protocols are in place. Rs 2.5 million reward is just to aid recovery of CJ’s son, they might even increase the reward given the dangers mentioned in the article.Recommend

  • Khadija
    Jun 21, 2016 - 8:52PM

    May God protect him, foil his kidnappers plans and return him to his family, for He is the best of planners and the best of helpers.Recommend

  • Common Man
    Jun 21, 2016 - 9:02PM

    VIP Culture of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:27AM

    Who would know better than Karachi Police! They did it. So now gradually they will reveal their motives.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:29AM

    @maz3tt:
    Because he knows eventually he is to blame and rightly so.Recommend

  • Raymond Davis
    Jun 22, 2016 - 11:36AM

    Kudos to brave Americans who rescues Pakistani high officials. Recommend

  • sultan
    Jun 26, 2016 - 12:56PM

    could that kidnap be an anticipated bargain for the future arrest for future acts of terrorRecommend

  • Esel
    Jul 5, 2016 - 4:52PM

    The chief Justice has done the right thing. Honorable Judges along with their families, relatives, friends etc., should be protected at all costs so that they can dispense justice with freedom of mind and body necessary for the lofted task. Recommend

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