KARACHI: A five-year-old boy kidnapped a day earlier from Gulistan-e-Johar was rescued not in an operation but after the ransom was paid.

According to sources, the kidnappers had demanded Rs150 million from the boy’s father. However, after Citizens Police Liasion Committee (CPLC) intervened, kidnappers brought down the ransom demand to Rs0.3 million. At least 21 members of CPLIC took part in the operation.

Before releasing the boy, sources said, kidnappers called police and Rangers personnel to different areas of the city, including North Nazimabad, Board Office, Shahra-e-Faisal, Sohrab Goth and Hyderi Market. The kidnappers then asked the security personnel to throw the ransom money in an area near Rashid Minhas Road.

Although police obtained footage from different closed-circuit camera in the area, identity of the kidnappers was not ascertained till this report was filed. 

Muhammad Abban, 5, was abducted “while returning home from school with his mother in a car from the jurisdiction of Darakhshan Police Station”, CPLC said, adding that the kidnappers demanded a Rs150-million payment as ransom.

A “deal was finalised at Rs3 lacs (Rs300,000)”, said Zubair Habib, the chief of CPLC Sindh.

Earlier in the day, Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair took immediate notice of the incident, advising the CPLC and other concerned law enforcement authorities to recover the child safely as soon as possible.

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