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PML-N Parliamentarian Kidnapped

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Abductors left Jamil Hassan’s wife in Rawalpindi with instructions to arranged $300,000 in ransom.

A provincial lawmaker of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom, police said Saturday.

Jamil Hassan was kidnapped on a motorway near Sargodha early Saturday as he returned from a funeral with his wife, police and relatives said.

“The kidnappers followed him in a car and took him away leaving his wife behind at Rawalpindi and asked her to arrange about $300,000 [ransom money] in three days,” said the lawmaker’s brother Wakeel Hassan.

Senior police official Ahmed Ishaq Jehangir confirmed the kidnapping and said that police had begun an investigation.

A family source quoted the wife of the kidnapped M.P. as saying that when kidnappers followed them her husband sped away, but the abductors rammed their car to stop them. She said that the armed men, who in Pashto, had blindfolded the pair, before dropping her near Rawalpindi.

The chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, who is also the younger brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has ordered the police to immediately recover Hassan. The M.P. represents the eastern Nankana Sahib district in the Punjab Assembly.

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