A Pakistani Hindu youth from the country's southern Sindh province was killed after being kidnapped along with three other members of his family, prompting President Asif Ali Zardari to seek a report on the crime from the government.
Mender, a youth hailing from a village near Sukkur in Sindh, was kidnapped along with three other members of his family about a month ago. The kidnappers informed Mender's family to collect his body from the railway tracks near the Sangi railway station.
The whereabouts of the other kidnapped persons are still not known, said an official statement.
President Zardari condemned the murder of the Hindu youth by his abductors and called for his killers to be arrested and punished.
In a message from Tehran, where he is on a two-day official visit, Zardari expressed shock and grief over the killing of the kidnapped youth on the eve of the Holi.
Describing the murder as barbaric, Zardari sought a report on the crime from the Sindh government. He also directed it to recover the other kidnapped persons and to bring the culprits to justice.
Zardari also conveyed his condolences to Mender's family and directed Ramesh Lal, a minority parliamentarian from the ruling Pakistan People's Party, to visit the youth's kin.