Former Pakistani premier's son recovered in Paktika
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Special Forces have recovered Ali Haidar Gilani, son of former Pakistani prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, in the Giyan district of southestern Paktika province, Afghan Ambassador Dr. Omar Zakhilwal said on Tuesday.
“Ali Haidar Gilani had been rescued three after years of his abduction by an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group. He is in good health and will be reunited with his family soon,” Zakhilwal wrote on his Facebook page”
The ambassador added he had called the former prime minister and shared the good news with him. Gilani thanked President Ashraf Ghani for taking a personal interest in the safe release of his son.
Gilani also expressed his gratitude to Afghan security forces for the successful operation to secure his son’s release. The Pakistan Embassy in Kabul also confirmed the release of Ali Haidar Gilani.
Earlier, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto announced on Twitter Gilani's rescue by Afghan and US forces. He was kidnapped in Multan on May 9, 2013, when he was leaving a street-corner meeting outside the house of a supporter. At the time of his abduction, Ali Haider was contesting for the general election.
In Multan, the news sparked celebrations at Gillani’s residence, where a large number of PPP activists and followers gathered to rejoice the safe return of Ali Haider.
A statement from the Foreign Office in Islamabad said: "Ali Haider has been recovered today in a joint operation carried out by Afghan and US security forces in Ghazni.”
Presidential Deputy Spokesman Dawa Khan Minapal confirmed the development, but avoid to give more details.
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