Sukkur: Kidnapped doctors freed after 36 days
SUKKUR: Police are said to have secured release of two doctors after striking a deal with their kidnappers. Doctors were freed after remaining in captivity for 36 days.
Prof Imtiaz Ali Waggan of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi and an Assistant Professor Azhar Ali Shah of Ghulam Mohammad Mahar Medical College, Sukkur were kidnapped from Jacobabad on November 20.
Kidnappers, soon after the deal, boarded both men on a vehicle which left them in Sultankot town of Shikarpur district, where from, police shifted them to Jacobabad. Finally, the doctors were united with their families.
Prof Waggan and his brother Imdad Ali Waggan left for Larkana amid security and Azhar Ali Shah stayed back in Jacobabad.
The Pakistan Medical Association arranged a gathering on Monday morning at the Civil Hospital on doctors’ release.
Assistant Professor Shah said that he and Prof Waggan left Jacobabad on November 20 at 6.30 am. The doctors were intercepted by a group of armed men near the Government Agriculture College who forced them to board their (armed men’s) vehicle.
The kidnapped doctors were handed over to another group of armed people wearing masks after travelling for half-an-hour.
Assistant Professor Shah said that they were kept in a forest, and initially kidnappers demanded from their relatives Rs5 million, each but he expressed ignorance over later developments. MNA Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani said that the doctors were freed because of police struggle. He advised the doctors against paying extortion money and anyone encountering such a situation should contact him or inform SSP Jacobabad Zafarullah Dharejo.
SSP Dharejo said though police were busy in finding clue to kidnappers by searching their hideouts but doctors kept raising slogans against police during their protests.
He pledged to provide security to doctors and denied of paying any ransom for the release of doctors.
PMA leader Dr Abdul Rasheed Memon appreciated the efforts of MNA Jakhrani, SSP Dharejo, Sardar Mohammad Muqeem Khoso and leaders of political and social organisations.
Sources said that police had swapped women and children of kidnappers, whom it arrested earlier.
Sources said Jacobabad police also paid ransom to kidnappers but police officials deny it.