Islamabad: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Haider, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen while campaigning for Pakistan's landmark elections on Thursday, had reportedly received threats from the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba.

 Though no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction so far, Gilani and other members of his family told a newspaper that Ali Haider had been receiving "death and abduction threats" from LeJ and Sipah-e-Sahaba.

 27 year old Ali Haider was kidnapped on Thursday while campaigning for the upcoming May 11 polls in his hometown of Multan, which is considered to be a stronghold of the Gilani family.

 The gunmen shot and killed Ali Haider's personal secretary and a bodyguard when they resisted the act of abduction.

 The police have arrested five suspects in Multan and the officials claimed that two of them had "important information" regarding the abduction.

 While there was no official word on the interrogation of the suspects, a newspaper quoted its sources as saying that Ali Haider has been taken by his abductors to Kabirwala, which is considered as the stronghold of the LeJ.

 Meanwhile, the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan refused to comment on the abduction."I do not want to comment (on the incident). We do notknow as to who has kidnapped him, and why and how he was kidnapped," said Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan.

 Sources of Punjab Police said yesterday that they believe Ali Haider was kidnapped by a faction of the Punjabi Taliban based in Mian Chanu, which is located 80 kilometers away from Multan district.

 The Punjabi Taliban largely comprises members of the LeJ, which allegedly has links with Al-Qaeda as well.

 The LeJ has already been linked to a series of high-profile terrorist acts, including the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore and two deadly bomb attacks in Quetta earlier this year that killed nearly 200 people, a majority of them being Hazara Shias.


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