A politician in Pakistan has been arrested after seven people - including two women and three children - were discovered chained up in a dungeon at his home, according to police.
They were discovered when Abdul Rehman Khetran's private guards attacked police at a checkpoint on Sunday and stole their weapons.
Officers then raided the MP's home in the Baluchistan province where they found the cellar.
Following the discovery, Khetran and his son were taken into custody, along with six members of the familyâs security team.
According to Reuters, the chained captives had been mistreated however Khetran remained defiant, telling local press that his arrest was politically motivated.
Khetran, whose wife is also a politician, is an MP for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a conservative religious party, and a former provincial minister for special education.
The mineral-rich western region of Baluchistan is deeply impoverished and a haven for smugglers, drug lords, Taliban insurgents and separatist rebels.