rawalpindi - Police booked a local leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf along with six other men on charges of kidnapping a shopkeeper at Hayyal village, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.

The abducted shopkeeper was identified as Muhammad Asif, 33. However, police could not arrest any accused till filing of this report.

According to sources, police lodged a case against Chaudhry Nazir, a local PTI leader who had contested local bodies election from UC-86 Dhamial for slot of chairman, and six other men for allegedly abducting Asif on 25/8/2016 from Hayyal village within the limits of Police Station Saddar Bairooni.

According to the contents of the FIR, a copy of which is also available with The Nation, Shazia Bibi, the wife of abducted person, appeared before City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi and lodged complaint that her husband Muhammad Asif was sitting outside his grocery shop at 5:00pm at Hayyal village when Babar, Nauman and Chittu along with three other unknown accomplices came there and kidnapped him forcefully.

She mentioned that one of the alleged kidnappers Babar, who is personal driver of PTI local leader Chaudhry Nazir, told her that they were sent by Nazir to kidnap her husband and also threatened her not to lodge a complaint with police or else they would kidnap her children.

Shazia told the CPO that officials of Police Chowky Ranyal are not filing case against the accused.

CPO Abbasi, while taking action, ordered SHO PS Saddar Bairooni Malik Muhammad Yar to register a kidnapping case against the accused and arrest them, besides recovering the abductee.

 The SHO lodged case and started investigation, the source said.

Shazia Babi, when contacted, said that Nazir had sent his men for kidnapping her husband after exchanging harsh words with him on phone when her husband requested the PTI leader to get release a man picked up by police in robbery case.

“I am living in a state of fear. Police have failed in recovering my husband. The kidnappers have been threatening me against pursuing the case,” she said.

On the other hand, a police officer of PS Saddar Bairooni claimed that police have been conducting raids at all the possible hideouts of the accused and they would be arrested soon.