QUETTA - Expressing resentment over the surge in kidnapping for ransom in the province, the Balochistan High Court (BHC) Tuesday sought the list of abductees.

Hearing a petition, a BHC division bench – comprising Chief Justice Qazi Faez Esa and Justice Naheem Akbhar Afghan – the court regretted over the abduction of a doctor who was providing free treatment to patient. On October 16, armed men kidnapped eye specialist Dr Saeed Khan from the Sariab locality when he was returning home.

“The kidnapping of such a person is not a criminal act only. It is a shameful act indeed, and such incidents have sent a message that the govt has failed to provide security to the people and their property under article 8 of the Constitution,” the court remarked.

The counsel for chairman of LRBT hospital Talal Rind told the court that ransom amount had been demanded from the family of Dr Saeed Khan for his release.  The court ordered the government and police to produce the details of kidnapping for ransom case. The Quetta CCPO, submitting the report to the bench, said investigation was underway for the recovery of kidnapped doctors. The court said to make progress in the investigation CCPO was liable to raid any place and anytime adding that if any resistance was made against them, action should be taken according to law.

The bench said that the court clarified to government and police that it would seek report about the incidents of kidnapping for ransom and would continue to review the performance of government and police. The court adjourned the hearing until November 6.