QUETTA - Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Vice-Chairman Tahir Hussain urged the government to step up efforts to curb kidnapping for ransom and bring peace to Balochistan.

Addressing a news conference in Quetta Press Club on Friday, he said that the law and order was deteriorating while incidents of kidnapping for ransom had shoot up alarmingly in the province.

He said that Rajish Kumar, the son of HRCP Balochistan president Dr Nand Lal was kidnapped from Zarghoon Road of Quetta few days back. He demanded for the immediate recovery of Kumar and provision of security to all minorities in province. Quoting different incidents of kidnapping in the province, Tahir said that few days back some kidnappers killed Zohib Bohra, a well known trader of Quetta, at Mission Road. “A woman hailing from a minority was also kidnapped. She remained in captivity for more than a year and was released after paying millions as ransom,” he added. He said that the minorities had been compelled to migrate from Balochistan.

He showed concern over the recovery of decomposed bodies and incidents of target killings, asking the government to unmask elements involved in these odious crimes. “If actions were not taken for improving law and order the situation would be more volatile in coming days,” he said. He also highlighted other street crimes in the province.