PESHAWAR: Dwellers of the provincial capital are once again feeling a sense of insecurity as kidnappers have been striking quite often in almost all parts of the district with impunity.
Those who have been kidnapped during the last many days included serving and retired top government officials, well-off people and commoners. Among those kidnapped in the recent days and yet to be recovered are the vice-chancellor of Islamia College University, Ajmal Khan, and former deputy commissioner of Peshawar and lawyer Zain Khan.
The former was kidnapped from Professors’ Colony while the latter was abducted from Pishtakhara Bala.
Lawyers have expressed concern over the poor law and order following kidnapping of their senior colleagues, Zain Khan and Shamsher Afridi, another lawyer seized from Khyber Bazaar. Both are yet to be recovered.
There were reports that police had arrested two main suspects in the kidnapping of Ajmal Khan. The evidence collected in the case indicates that he had been shifted to a tribal area.
Action against the main kidnappers’ network led by Nasrullah Khattaki has earned appreciation for the police but the everyday kidnappings in the city have shattered people’s hopes of improvement in the law and order situation.
The family of one Abid Ali of Sherkera is running from pillar to post for his safe recovery but no progress has been made in the case despite passage of several weeks.There are dozens of other families left with no option but to pray for the safe return of their loved ones.
Police have also failed to take action against property dealers renting out houses to the criminal without proper verification. A number of these houses are being used as dens of the kidnapping rings where most of the abducted people are being kept.
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