Yosuf Raza Gilani’s son received threats before abduction

Islamabad: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen while campaigning for Pakistan’s landmark elections on Thursday, had reportedly received threats from the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba.

The gunmen shot and killed Ali Haider’s personal secretary and a bodyguard when they resisted the act of abduction.

The police have arrested five suspects in Multan and the officials claimed that two of them had “important information” regarding the abduction.

Sources of Punjab Police said yesterday that they believe Ali Haider was kidnapped by a faction of the Punjabi Taliban based in Mian Chanu, which is located 80 kilometers away from Multan district.

The Punjabi Taliban largely comprises members of the LeJ, which allegedly has links with Al-Qaeda as well.

The LeJ has already been linked to a series of high-profile terrorist acts, including the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore and two deadly bomb attacks in Quetta earlier this year that killed nearly 200 people, a majority of them being Hazara Shias.

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