Parsi businesswoman abducted in Pakistan

Nilofar Abadan, wife of former provincial minister Faridoon Abadan, was kidnapped by armed men Tuesday, Dawn reported on Wednesday.

Faridoon had been kidnapped over 10 years back and continues to be missing. Nilofar has been looking after the business in her husband's absence.

Nilofar was going to visit Quetta Distillery, owned by her husband, when kidnappers whisked her away.

Hamid Shakeel, a senior police official, said the armed men intercepted her car at a speedbreaker and kidnapped her. The car was later found abandoned.

The official it was the first ever incident in which a businesswoman was kidnapped in Quetta.

Balochistan Minister for Minorities Affairs Basant Lal Gulshan said last month that there was a sense of insecurity among minority communities.

He said the Hindu community was still waiting for the safe return of their religious leader Lakki Chand Garji when another member of their community was killed during a kidnapping attempt in Quetta Feb 6.

As many as three Hindu traders have been killed so far during attempted kidnappings in and around Quetta during the past three years.

Gulshan said people belonging to the minority communities were being compelled to migrate to safer places.

Ram Singh Sodho, who was elected to the Sindh assembly in 2008 on a Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) reserved seat for minorities, fled to India and sent in his resignation to the assembly speaker, Nisar Ahmad Khoro.

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