No clue to Gen Tariq’s son-in-law’s whereabouts


By Arshad Dogar

LAHORE: CIA police and other intelligence agencies have failed to recover the son-in-law of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Tariq Majeed, who was kidnapped by unidentified people on Wednesday evening in Faisal Town police limits.

Senior police investigators told The News that no breakthrough could be made in the kidnapping case. However, a senior police officer, requesting anonymity, said investigation was underway into different aspects. He explained that no call for ransom was received so far and aspects of a monetary dispute and involvement of a militant group were also being considered in the probe to recover Amir Malik, President Anjuman Tajran Barkat Market.

A case No 692/10 has been registered against kidnappers under section 365 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), on the complaint of Naseem Malik, brother-in-law of Amir Malik, at Faisal Town police station. The complainant told police that victim Amir Malik, the son of Aftab Malik, a resident of 26/L, Model Town EXT, reached his house by a car 932167/LXD at around 8:25 p.m on Wednesday. As the main gate of the house was opened by driver Muhammad Arshad, son of Ramazan, some 12 people in a Honda City (silver color) PUK-8192 and on two motorcycles approached him. They pushed the driver and Amir into the car and sped away. However, the driver was dropped at some unknown location.

Police set up pickets at entry and exit points of the provincial metropolis and launched a search operation, but no clue could be found about the kidnappers. The complainant of the FIR told this scribe on phone the number plate of the Honda City car proved bogus in initial investigation. He confirmed that no breakthrough could be made till the filing of the report on Thursday. Amir Malik started his business of jewelry with his father Aftab Malik in Barkat Market in 1998. Later, he opened his own shop. He became president of Anjuman Tajran Barkat Market in 2007. Traders at Barket Market have different views about him. Some said he had been playing a good role in the welfare of businessmen. However, others were of the view that Amir had monetary disputes with many people.

A trader of Qaumi Tajir Ittehad, requesting anonymity, said that though no solid information about the motive behind the kidnapping had been found so far, there was speculation. He alleged that Amir used to resolve issues of people belonging to different walks of life after receiving money and if a job was not done, he was not in habit of returning the amount. The trader charged that he used the name of his father-in-law to resolve issues.

Another trader of Barkat Market, on condition not to be named, said that Amir Malik had become president of Barket Market Anjuman-e-Tajran by using his ‘contacts’ in the army. He claimed that there could be three motives behind the kidnapping.

First, he could have been abducted over some monetary dispute. Second, militants could have kidnapped him for the release of their accomplices. Thirdly, he could have fabricated the incident to avoid payments to his clients. However, a senior police officer said everything was just speculation till his recovery. “Police and intelligence agencies are using all possible resources to recover him,” he maintained.

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