Kidnapped Pakistani businessman released unhurt

14:26, May 31, 2010      

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An influential businessman, reputed to be a close friend of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, has been released on Monday morning in Karachi, local media reported.

Riaz Laljee went missing on Sunday hours after arriving in the port city from Dubai. Some unidentified people left Laljee unhurt outside his residence, the private Geo News channel said.

President Zardari also arrived in Karachi on Sunday night from Dubai. Senior police officials briefed him on the incident at Bilawal House.

A case has been lodged in the Airport Police Station for the alleged kidnapping of the businessman, his gunman and his driver. Karachi city police chief Wasim Ahmed has formed an investigation committee and efforts are underway for the arrest of kidnappers.

On Sunday, several other kidnappings were reported in Pakistan, involving a 4-year-old boy in Lahore. There were also reports that police foiled an attempt to kidnap the brother of the Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

Kidnappings for ransom have become common in recent years on a pattern recorded in early 1990s when the country's overall security condition was quite unstable. Ninety-two cases of kidnapping for ransom were reported in 2008, closely followed by at least 85 in 2009.

Source: Xinhua


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