LAHORE -  City police are yet to launch investigation into the alleged abduction of a religious leader who disappeared under mysterious circumstances from Lahore’s Wapda Town late Wednesday night.

Nasir Abbas Shirazi, the central deputy secretary of the MWM or Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen, was snatched away by gunmen when he was traveling in a car along with his wife and children.

Ali Abbas, a brother of the cleric, told The Nation that the kidnappers were wearing Elite Police Force uniforms.

“My brother has been abducted at gunpoint on the behest of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah. The police have refused to register any case against the abductors because they are powerful,” Abbas said. “We still don’t know about his whereabouts. We have filed a petition in a local court since police are reluctant to report the matter,” he added.

According to Abbas, they filed an application with the Satu Katla police late Wednesday night to get a kidnapping case registered against unknown abductors and their known abettors. But police say they did not receive any application for registration of FIR.

“Nobody has contacted us. We will file a case only when anyone will apply for FIR,” Mujahid, a duty officer at the Satu Katla Police Station said.

It was not clear yet whether the cleric was picked up by any intelligence or law enforcement agency. Relatives say Nasir Abbas Shirazi was abducted by gunmen who were clad in police uniform. They said the cleric was kidnapped because he had filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court, seeking disqualification of provincial Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah.

Different religious parties Thursday condemned the alleged abduction of the MWM leader and demanded the government to take immediate steps for the safe recovery of the victim.