LAHORE - Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Amin Wains yesterday said the police investigators are working to ascertain the whereabouts of two sons of a former military commander who were kidnapped a day earlier.

“The FIR has been registered and investigations are underway. So far, we don’t know about their whereabouts,” the city police chief said at a news conference held at his office last night. DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf was also present on this occasion.

When asked whether the counter-terror department officials notify the local police officers about their operations in urban areas, the officer replied, “Sometime such raids are conducted jointly”.

A day earlier, two sons of a former senior army officer were snatched away from the cantonment police division.

Former Major Gen Chaudhry Ahmad Khan told the police that his two sons were abducted from Walton Road and Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road on Tuesday. The North Cantonment police registered an FIR against unidentified kidnappers on the complaint of the ex-officer.

According to the complainant, his 34-year-old son Hammad and his family lived on the Sarfaraz Rafi¬qui Road. He said that a group of men came to Hammad’s house on Tues-day and knoc¬ked at the door pretending to be his friends. Hammad went outside to see them but did not return. He further said that his younger son Nauman had gone to his Walton Road office and did not return.

While responding to another question, the CCPO said that the police investigators are still clueless in connection with the murder of station house officer Shadbagh police station. To a question about the gangsters’ deadly fight in Samanabad area, the officer said that police are directed to observe zero-tolerance against display of firearms. He said that different police teams are working to arrest the criminals who shot and killed two young brothers during gun-attack at a political office in Gulzaib Colony last week.

Muhammad Amin Wains also said that at least 63,000 notable persons are documented in the police record. “The 8330 SMS service will help notable citizens immediately contact senior police officer in case of any crisis”. The officer also requested the reporters and photographers to get documented with the newly launched service for their own safety.

Earlier, CCPO Muhammad Amin Wains said the CIA police arrested nine members of two gangs of hardened criminals. The arrested bandits were wanted to the police in several cases of dacoities and shop robberies.

The police chief said that the arrests would further bring down the crime rate in the metropolis.

The police also recovered looted cash, gold ornaments, and other valuables worth Rs4.5 million from their possession. According to police, they arrested two members of Shahid alias Ali Ninety gang and seven members of Ilam Din gang.

The bandits were wanted to the police in connection with armed robberies, which took place at leading bakeries, pharmacy shops, and departmental stores recently in Lahore.

The city police chief also announced cash prizes and commendatory certificates for the police teams.