QUETTA - Police have netted three persons involved in kidnapping of Mirza Khan Khorati after an exchange of fire, Quetta Police chief said on Saturday.

Mir Zubair Mehmood told a news conference army had been providing modern training to police and that efforts were under way for recovery of senior cardiologist Dr Munaf Tareen.  He said kidnappers of Haji Mirza Khan Kharoti, whose release was secured after payment of ransom money, were released following an exchange of fire in Noasar area of Kuchlak. He added two of the kidnappers, Muhammad Ishaq Tareen, Dawar Khan Achakzai were arrested during the nighttime while the third one who had fled was arrested later on.

During initial investigations the abductors confessed they had kidnapped three persons from Ziarat and ransom for them had been received near Afghanistan border.  Giving details about cases involving kidnappings of doctors, the official said 58 cases of kidnapping for ransom were registered in the last year and police were only able to cover 47 of them while success could be achieved only in 18 cases. But, he added, police had changed their strategy now to more effectively deal with abduction cases.  The CCPO also appealed to the masses to keep a vigilant eye on suspected elements in order to purge society of criminals.  Responding to a question, he said two more groups involved in kidnapping for ransom were active in Quetta and that hectic efforts were being made for their arrest.

He said only 6,000 policemen were providing protection to 2.7 million population of Quetta.  Mehmood, to another query, said that army was imparting modern training to personnel of police and Balochistan Constabulary in two phases, adding that one thousand SMGs had been provided by army to police.