Multan: TTP frees man against Rs3mn ransom
MULTAN: A family which ransomed for their youth for Rs3 million is celebrating his release from the defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in South Waziristan.
The militants kidnapped Muhammad Hasan and his friend Saeed from Bannu on Feb 16 after luring them into a luxury motorcycle deal.
Narrating the ordeal to Dawn, Hassan, of Ghaziabad Chowk near Gulgasht Colony, said he had been deceived and kidnapped by his old school friend, Khan Muhammad.
“Khan, a resident of Miran Shah, was my class fellow at a private boarding school of Muzaffargarh a few years back,” he said.
They remained in touch with each after the school. Hasan is doing his family business of hotel industry in the city. Khan visited Multan three times along with his family and Hasan also visited Miran Shah three times.
A few months ago, Hasan planned to buy a heavy motorcycle and his friend from the tribal area offered him a luxury vehicle at cheaper rates from Peshawar and invited him to Miran Shah.
Hasan with Saeed, a motorcycle mechanic, arrived in Bunnu on Feb 16.
He said Khan sent them to Peshawar with five people introducing them as his relatives. After a few minutes journey, the people traveling with them introduced them TTP members and held them hostage.
He said that kidnappers demanded Rs200 million ransom for their release, as they believed that he was nephew of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
The militants continued driving for 14 hours in the rugged terrains of the agency. At one place, they left the vehicle and started the journey on foot which continued for another 24 hours. They confined both in a poorly-lit room in the Ludha area, where two other people were also confined. One of them was Dr Nawaz, a British.
Dr Nawaz told them that talks between the UK government and militants were under way for his release against Rs70 million ransom and the release of 15 militants in Pakistani authorities’ custody.
After four days of the confinement, Ladha TTP chief Zakir met them and asked Hasan to ask his family for the ransom or face death.
He said that negotiations between his family and the captors continued for 10 months and finally militants agreed to Rs3 million ransom.
He said that kidnappers released Saeed in early December two days before his release as a “goodwill” gesture.
He said that kidnappers sent him to Peshawar through a taxi and asked the driver to drop him on Ring Road. The driver called Hasan’s father and handed him over to the family on Dec 20.
Ghulam Shabir, father of Hasan, said that the kidnappers were insisting on Rs200 million ransom as they believed that Hasan was the nephew of the prime minister.
He said a TTP team arrived in Multan to investigate the fact if Hasan was a relative to the premier.