The son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani was kidnapped after an attack on his party, Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) gathering in Multan on May 9th. His private secretary and guard were killed in the incident.
Though the security forces raided multiple places looking for him and even arrested suspects, Ali The youngest son of the former prime minister is still missing.
The search is still ongoing and two six alleged kidnappers, including two women, have been arrestedby the police.
Though there is still no sign of Ali Gilani, the alleged kidnappers are said to belong to Afghanistan.
The elections were tarnished with violence, particularly ahead of the polling day. Well over 100 people were killed and scores injured by the Pakistani Taliban, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who’s members believe that elections are un-Islamic and that Sharia should be law of the land.
The link to Afghanistan is quite disturbing. The extremist elements have a very stronghold in Pakistan.
Unfortunately Ali Gilani is not the only one, there is a list of people including most prominently late Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s son Shahbaz Taseer.
The security agencies and the state seem to be unable to solve these cases and get these people back.
Kidnapped & still missing in Pak: Ex-PM Gilani son, late Punjab Governor Taseer son, Vice Chancellor Peshawar University, & Two Czech Girls.— Daud Khattak (@DaudKhattak1) May 16, 2013
RT @daudkhattak1: Next KP govt should not forget safe release of kidnapped PU Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan.— Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) May 16, 2013
A lot depends on the newly-elected Pakistani government of Nawaz Sharif’s approach towards the TTP.
He has made his intention to negotiate with the TTP clear beforehand. His political rival Imran Khan is also of the same thought.
PTI won the largest number of seats in the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkwa, the province bordering Afghanistan. Imran Khan’s position on the TTP issue will be significant.
What makes one a bit jittery is that under the current political scenario of Pakistan, the post-election regime is bound to be overwhelmingly right wing and with a strong TTP influence.
What will the role of TTP be in Pakistan in the coming months? Will their infiltration trickle off? Is there any chance of a secure and secular Pakistan? These are the questions that haunt many these days.