Thursday, February 12, 2009

Protest against abduction of wife, 3 daughters: Man attempts self-immolation

A man tried to commit self-immolation outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) protesting against the abduction of his wife and three daughters.

Qasim, a resident of Surjani Town, tried to set himself on fire while protesting against the abduction of his wife and daughters by abductors who are now demanding Rs 500,000 as ransom money for their release.

Qasim alleged that Hafeez and Majeed kidnapped his wife and three daughters. He said that Hafeez and Majeed are brothers and belonged to Multan while adding that Hafeez use to work at his brick kiln.

He stated that Hafeez is openly moving around while the police are not taking any action against him. He alleged that Hafeez abducted his wife and daughters for money and has taken them to Multan. “Hafeez abducted my wife two years ago and since then I have no news of her whereabouts. After that, he abducted my eldest daughter, Shazia, 19 and forcibly married her,” said Qasim. “Then he abducted my two minor daughters, Shaheen, 7 and Nazia, 9. I paid Rs 65,000 to Hafeez for the release of Shaheen and Nazia. They were released a few months ago but now Hafeez has kidnapped them again and this time he is demanding a sum of Rs 500,000,” said Qasim.

“I cannot arrange such a huge amount of money as I have already sold my plot and brick kiln for the release of my daughters. I had lodged an FIR about the abduction of my wife and daughters at the Surjani Town police station but no action has been taken,” added Qasim.

He said that a local trust is helping him recover his wife and daughters. “Despite repeated application being sent by them to the Multan DIG and the Punjab chief minister, nothing has been done so far,” said Qasim. (DT)