Pakistan announces cash reward for info on Sindh CJ's abducted son

Karachi: A cash reward of Rs 10 million has been announced by Pakistan's Sindh government for information leading to the safe recovery of the abducted son of the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court or arrest of culprits.

Chief Minister of the southern Sindh province Syed Qaim Ali Shah announced the reward after a high-level meeting of officials from the police, paramilitary rangers and government here yesterday.

"I am announcing Rs 10 million reward for the persons who give information of the place where Ovais (Sajjad) Shah (son of Sindh Chief Justice) has been kept or give clues for his recovery or arrest of the culprits," Shah said.

The move came hours after Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan's finest Sufi Qawwals best known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry, was killed by Taliban militants who shot him in the head in a targeted terror attack here.

It appears to be a pre-planned conspiracy to create unrest and insecurity in Karachi at a time when markets and shopping areas are packed late into the night due to the coming Eid festival, he said.

"I would not let this conspiracy succeed and the conspirators and terrorists would be crushed with iron hands," Shah said in a statement.

Ovais, himself an advocate and the son of the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, was abducted by armed men from outside a popular shopping mart in the posh Clifton area on June 20.

He was pleading around 90 cases, including one where he was hired by 700 sacked employees of the Karachi Port Trust to fight their case. Ovais's kidnapping comes just weeks after sons of two high profile politicians returned home after spending years in captivity.

The paramilitary rangers have also announced a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the people involved in the kidnapping of Ovais and his recovery.

The provincial government of Sindh, rangers and police have come under criticism and pressure following the killing of Sabri with opposition leaders, civil right bodies and the media questioning the effectiveness of the clean-up operation launched in Karachi since October, 2013.

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