Rawalpindi: Kidnapped man returns
RAWALPINDI: Despite having fled to Rawalpindi from sectarian violence, people from Hangu and Kurram Agency are still being targeted by terrorists. On Saturday, militants succeeded in extracting ransom from yet another man. Syed Tanveer Hussain, 25, belonging to Hangu and living in Dhoke Paracha in Rawalpindi, was released after he paid a ransom of Rs2 million to Taliban. According to the first investigation report (FIR) registered on the complaint of his brother Syed Raza Hussain with the Nilore police,Tanveer was kidnapped from Simly Dam on October 21.
“A day later, I received a call from an unknown person who claimed to have kidnapped my brother and demanded Rs30 million for his release. Finally, they (militants) brought down the demand to Rs2 million,” Raza Hussain told Dawn on Saturday. He said Tanveer was taken to a remote area in Khyber Agency and locked in a dark room.
The militants threatened to behead him in case his family members failed to pay the money. It may be noted that a majority of people in the areas hit hard by sectarian violence in Hangu and Kurram Agency have taken refuge in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, but they are still being haunted by extremists. Six months back, Waqar Ali, 28, who had migrated to Rawalpindi from Parachinar, was kidnapped from Tarnol.
Similarly, Nasir Hussain was also abducted from I-9 sector in Islamabad. People seeking refuge in Rawalpindi said they had been receiving threatening letters and calls from militants, adding they could not come out of their residences after sunset due the fear of being abducted.
“We have hired private security guards to keep an eye on suspected people. Despite fleeing from our native villages, we still feel insecure in Rawalpindi,” said Wahab Ali, a native of Kurram Agency who now lives in the D Block of Satellite Town.