Missing SECP official returns home after 5 days

By Asghar Ali Mubarak

ISLAMABAD: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Joint Director Sajid Gondal, who went missing from Islamabad last week, has returned home, family and police sources told Dawn.
Gondal himself also took to Twitter to announce his return, saying: “I am back and safe, and I am thankful to all friends who were worried for me.” Police sources involved in the investigation of his disappearance said the abductors had set him free. A family friend of Gondal also confirmed the news of his release. He was released near Rawat, a suburb of the federal capital.
Gondal had gone missing on Thursday night and his car was found from Park Road in the capital the next morning.
His wife had submitted a complaint of the incident at the Shahzad Town police station, expressing suspicion that her husband had been “kidnapped by unidentified persons”. She urged the police to ensure his return, adding that the family “did not have any enmity”.
The Shahzad Town police had registered a case over the official’s disappearance under Section 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint lodged by his wife.