LAHORE - Police have recovered a Christian man from the custody of his political rivals, the Lahore High Court was told yesterday.

Yaqoob Masih, who was recovered by Cantonment SP Ibadat Nasir after two months, told the court that his family recently joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He stated that his former fellows in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz nurtured grudge against him and they abducted him to avenge the ‘betrayal’.

In his statement, Yaqoob said the South Cantonment police and CIA Ghaziabad kidnapped him at the behest of Waqar Hussain, Umar Batalvi and Ashraf Masih - the PML-N’s workers from the constituency.

Yaqoob told the court that he had been tortured and humiliated during the captivity. He further alleged that the kidnappers used to demand ransom and his property’s documents for the release.

Haroon Masih, PTI’s vice president from PP-155 (Lahore), had filed a petition for the recovery of his father. The petitioner’s counsel, Shabbir Bokhari told the court that a case of the abduction was already registered against the suspects and two of them were also in police custody.

The lawyer alleged that the SP Cantt had been backing the suspects. The police officer, however, denied the allegations.

Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan ordered the police not to harass the petitioner and his family.