12 suspects close to Qadri held
LAHORE: Important development was achieved in Shahbaz Taseer’s kidnapping case on Monday as police identified finger prints collected from the vehicle that belonged to Shahbaz‘s servant.
According to sources, police are making progress in the light of finger prints reports, however, the police said it could not be said with certainty that Shahbaz‘s servant was involved in the abduction.
Meanwhile, at least 12 suspects were taken into custody who had recently met Taseer’s assassin Mumtaz Qadri in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. The others were picked up from the Defense Housing Authority (DHA), Gulberg, and adjoining areas in Lahore. Mr Shahbaz was kidnapped by four armed men near his company head-office in Gulberg area on last Friday.
A senior police official who is part of the investigation said the police had taken into custody some of the visitors of Qadri and others after getting the record of cell phone data of Shahbaz Taseer.
The official said: “We have also quizzed Qadri. Some progress has been made in the case but it can not be disclosed at this stage because of the sensitivity of the matter.” CCPO Ahmad Raza Tahir, however, said the case was “still unresolved” as seven police teams had been working on different leads related to “domestic and business affairs of Mr Shahbaz and his father’s assassination.”
“It appears the kidnappers are present in the city as there are no reports that any suspected vehicle has managed to leave the city,” he said.
Mr Tahir further said search operations were being conducted in all parts of the city and the police were also getting help from the cell phones records of Shahbaz and the people who got acquaintance with him. “Taseer family has yet to be contacted by the kidnappers,” he said. The two Elite Force personnel who were supposed to accompany Shahbaz being his guard told the investigators that he had asked them “not to come with him today (Friday).”
They said Shabaz’s car developed some fault and he left the house on the sports car of his younger brother Shaheryar Taseer, who is also the complainant in the case against Qadri. Shahbaz had come from Dubai a day before his abduction.
Meanwhile, the government has directed the jail authorities not to allow anyone to see Mumtaz Qadri.