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Pakistan Detains Six in Search for Kidnapped Son of Ex-Premier

May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Police detained four men and two women in a raid in northern Pakistan as they searched for the kidnapped son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The men being held after the raid in Nowshera district were of Afghan origin and carried fake Pakistani identity cards, Nowshera police chief Waqar Ahmad told Geo television in a broadcast interview.

Ali Haider Gilani was kidnapped May 9 as he campaigned in the central city of Multan ahead of national elections two days later in which Nawaz Sharif’s party won the most seats. Sharif has pledged to tackle militancy that killed 151 people in election-related violence.

While there was no immediate word on Gilani’s fate, he may have been let go as his kidnappers moved to avoid capture, Ahmad said. The kidnappers are hardened criminals who “change their places from time to time, but we hope to have Ali with us by the end of today,” he said.

During the raid in Nowshera, 427 kilometers (265 miles) from Multan, police found another kidnapped person, Abdul Wahab, who said Gilani had been held with him at one point.

“Wahab told us he met someone who identified himself as Ali,” Ahmad told Geo. “He said this man was of Punjabi origin, tall and his head was covered with a handkerchief. He also told him he was the son of Yousuf Raza Gilani and a candidate” in the election.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khurrum Anis in Karachi at kkhan14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson at rmathieson3@bloomberg.net

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