Some unidentified gunmen barged into house of the director general of Ministry of Population in F-10/1 and kidnapped his daughter for ransom on Saturday night, police said.
The 22-year-old girl (SS) has completed her MBA from International Islamic University, Islamabad.
The sources told ‘The News’ that DG (Population) Dr Shahzad Ahmad lodged a complaint with the Shalimar Police Station saying that six people rang the bell of his house (199/B, Street-33, F-10/1) at about 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night. On response by his male servant, they asked about Dr Shahzad, saying that Muazzam has sent mangoes for him.
When the servant conveyed the message to Dr Shahzad, he came out and refused to accept mangoes saying he does not know any Muazzam and walked back. Thereafter all the people forcibly entered the house and held Dr Shahzad and his family members at gunpoint.
The gunmen entered the room of the daughter of Dr Shahzad and brought her out at gunpoint and later kidnapped her by locking all the family members in a room.
Different police teams have been constituted to recover the girl.
DSP (CIA) Bashir Ahmad Noon, in charge of one of the team when contacted by ‘The News’ confirmed the incident claiming that the girl would be recovered soon.
DSP CIA Bashir Ahmed Noon said that Dr Shahzad received two calls from his daughter, and the kidnappers have said that they will free her soon. Responding to a question, the CIA chief said that it was a case of kidnapping for ransom because the captors, in their last call to Dr Shahzad, directly asked him to arrange money. But they didn’t specify the amount, Noon added.
The DSP, rejecting the aspect of dacoity, said, “The criminals just kidnapped the girl and ran away,” adding that they didn’t take any thing with them except mobile phones.
SSP (Operation) Tahir Alam Khan, when contacted, confirmed that Dr Shahzad’s daughter was kidnapped from his house. He said that the captors were keeping in touch with Dr Shahzad through his daughter. He said that girl told her father that the kidnappers would release her, but they demanded that police deployed in front of the house should be removed. The SSP said, “On kidnappers’ demand we have removed the police from Dr Shahzad’s house.” Tahir Alam said, “We are waiting for their next call to evolve the future strategy.”
Replying to a question, the SSP said that they were around. “They remained in Islamabad for some hours after the incident, but later, moved to a nearby locality,” he said and added that the police would get them soon.
Officials engaged in the investigation claimed that some terrorist outfit could be involved in the kidnapping to spread terror among the people, because the kidnapping incident occurred right at the time of suicide attack on ‘Rescue-15’ office. But a top police officer ruled out the claim in the lights of evidences.
Inhabitants of the posh area of F-10/1, while talking to ‘The News’ said, “No body is safe, even, in his house,” adding that such an atrocious crime occurred in Islamabad, the fortified capital of Pakistan. “This was a serious offence that the daredevil captors were able to kidnap a girl for ransom from her house,” they added.