Multan

A sub-inspector rank officer of a sensitive institution and said to be nephew of Chief Justice of Pakistan was kidnapped by seven armed unidentified persons from outside his home here on Monday. The kidnapped official was identified as Umar Jillani and he was taken away on a car from just outside his home in Garden Town area. Sources said that three motorcyclists and four car riders intercepted his way and dragged him into the car. Witnesses told the police that two of the car riders were in police uniforms. Security agencies suspected that the official was kidnapped by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The kidnapped official is being considered a high-value target as he is stated to be the nephew of Chief Justice of Pakistan. No militant or criminal group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of Umar Jillani so far, although investigators believe that the incident is reaction to recently launched army operation in North Waziristan.

Police sources said that an FIR was also registered by the Qutabpur Police on an application filed by the abductee's brother Obaid Jillani against seven unidentified armed kidnappers under section 365 PPC. Police sources claimed that the kidnappers could not shift the abductee to any other town from Multan as all the entry and exit points of Multan had already been cordoned off after the launching of army operation in North Waziristan. Sources said that police and other security agencies launched a large-scale search operation for the recovery of the kidnapped official, but no breakthrough was reported till filing of this report. 

Agencies add: Umar Jillani, the nephew of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani, was kidnapped from Multan in the early hours of Monday, an intelligence agency confirmed.

Umar, who is also an inspector for an intelligence agency, left his house in Garden Town for work when men on two motorcycles forced him into a car that was accompanying them and fled the area. The attackers on motorcycles were wearing black t-shirts similar to those worn by the police.

SP Cantt Multan said that were six to seven kidnappers. Umar is also the son of Wahid Jillani, the former chairman of Bahawalpur Development Authority.

Meanwhile, during a meeting in Lahore, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif sought a report from the Multan regional police officer (RPO) on the kidnapping.

He also constituted a special team, headed by the RPO, to recover the CJP's nephew. The team was instructed to find the victim within 24 hours.

Police had tracked the victim's cellphone signals at the Aziz Hotel Chowk at the time of the kidnapping. Ten minutes after that the phone was tracked to the Civil Hospital Chowk and then to Ghanta Ghar, after which it was switched off.

The reason for the kidnapping could not be ascertained so far.