Multan - The police remained clueless in the kidnapping of the son of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on the second day of the incident; however, an FIR (No. 280/13) was registered with the Seetal Mari Police on Friday.

Ali Haider Gilani, who is PPPP candidate from PP-200 Multan constituency, was returning from a campaign meeting on Thursday when unidentified armed men stuck. Before taking Ali Gilani away, they fired at his companions, killing his secretary and a security guard and critically injuring another guard.

Police sources said that the FIR was registered on the application of Nazar Mohaiuddin, brother of slain secretary of Ali, under sections 302, 365, 324, 148, 149 and 7 ATA against eight unidentified assailants who were armed with pistols and Kalashnikov rifles.

Ex-PM Yousaf Raza Gilani told journalists here at his residence that no one had claimed the responsibility for the kidnapping so far.

He said that he had talked to the Army Chief and ISI DG for the recovery of his son. Police and other law enforcing agencies were learnt to have launched a crackdown on banned religious outfits and at least eight suspects were rounded up from Multan and Kabirwala.

However, sources said that no breakthrough had been achieved in this connection. They said that a suspect caught on Thursday by the PPPP workers from the spot and handed over to police was also being interrogated. They said the police was keeping the roads around Multan sealed as they believed that the kidnappers were still hidden in the area. A police team led by CPO Ghulam Mahmood Dogar visited the crime scene and talked to the residents of the area.

In his talk to the media, Yousaf Raza Gilani said that he did not want postponement of election in PP-200, the constituency his kidnapped son is contesting from. He said that no party should be barred from taking part in the elections and it was the responsibility of the election commission to ensure free, fair and transparent polls. “Whoever gets the mandate has the right to form government,” he added.

He said that the kidnapping of his son was a conspiracy hatched by some elements to derail democracy. Referring to ongoing wave of terrorism, he urged all the political parties to unite against terrorism and hold an All Party Conference (APC) to devise a policy to counter the menace. He said the army should be deployed at all sensitive polling stations to avert incidents like the kidnapping of his son.