Former Pakistani PM Gilani’s son abducted

Islamabad, May 9 (IANS) Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider Gilani was kidnapped Thursday in a town in Pakistan’s Punjab province by armed men who stormed his street corner meeting with their guns blazing, killing one and injuring five.

Unidentified armed men kidnapped Ali Haider from a street corner meeting of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Multan, Geo News reported.

Armed men opened fire and injured five people, including Ali Haider’s secretary Mohiuddin, who later died.

Police said Ali Haider was whisked away in a black Honda City.

Some of the kidnappers had come on motorcycles.

After the kidnapping, Gilani’s sons, Ali Musa and Abdul Qadir, were angry and in tears, reported Dawn.

“I will not allow elections to be held in my constituency at any cost. My brother is gone, how can I let polls take place in Multan,” an emotional Ali Musa Gilani told television channels.

Pakistan goes to polls May 11.

Yousuf Raza Gilani who was forced to step down as prime minister last year over the issue of writing a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen a graft case against President Asif Ali Zardari.

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