The news of the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer, a son of slain Governor Salman Taseer, while on his way to his office, has sent a tremor of fear throughout the country, as memories were revived of the slaying of his father by one of his police guards, Mumtaz Qadri, while on a visit to Islamabad. The family has been receiving threats and the kidnapping was linked by it to Governor Salmans killing, which took place at the beginning of the year. Though no one was named in the FIR, the familys indication is obviously towards the family of the assassin, for if they were to forgive the assassin, he would go free. This would make the kidnapping fall amid the category of crimes committed as a result of the blasphemy law, which Governor Taseer was opposing, and which was mentioned as the reason for the assassination later of federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti. The impression that the Governors assassination is somehow involved is increased by the fact that there has been no ransom demand made yet apparently, while the kidnapping itself was carefully planned. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has shown the right spirit by visiting the affected family the same day and promising to head the investigation himself. However, Punjab Governor Latif Khosa, by saying that the murder as well as the kidnapping took place under the Sharifs who patronised religious extremists, showed an unwanted partisan spirit in the midst of a tragedy. He should not forget that Governor Taseer was assassinated in federal territory. This is a time for unifying, not worsening existing divisions. However, it must also not be ignored that the Lahore police has got a less than glorious record in kidnappings, with that of an American citizen earlier this month unsolved despite great efforts, and the year-old kidnapping of a local jeweller also without any clue. It is hoped that the unfortunate young man is recovered quickly, and the personal efforts of the Chief Minister bear fruit.