Ali Haider Gi­lani re­cov­ered in Afghan-US op­er­a­tion

PM, COAS, Zar­dari and others con­grat­u­late Gi­lani

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

IS­LAM­ABAD— Ali Haider Gi­lani son of Yousuf Raza Gi­lani, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan, has been re­cov­ered to­day (Tues­day) in a joint op­er­a­tion car­ried out by the Afghan and US se­cu­rity forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan. He was kid­napped on 9th May, 2013.

The Afghan Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Mo­ham­mad Hanif At­mar, in a tele­phone call to the Ad­viser to the Prime Min­is­ter on For­eign Af­fairs, Sar­taj Aziz, in­formed that Ali Haider Gi­lani son of Yousuf Raza Gi­lani, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan, has been re­cov­ered.

Afghan Am­bas­sador in Pak­istan also tele­phoned for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Syed Yousuf Raza Gi­lani to in­form him about the re­cov­ery of Ali Haider Gi­lani. He said Gi­lani was in the cus­tody of a group linked with Al-Qaida. Gi­lani was ‘ec­stat­i­cally de­lighted’ af­ter re­ceiv­ing the news, said the Afghan am­bas­sador in a Face­book post.

Ali Haider Gi­lani’s trans­fer to Pak­istan is be­ing ar­ranged fol­low­ing re­quired med­i­cal check-up.

Ac­cord­ing to de­tails, the US and Afghan forces have found the kid­napped son of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Yousaf Raza Gi­lani alive in an op­er­a­tion in Afghanistan.

The news of his re­lease was also con­firmed by Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party (PPP) Chair­man Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari.

Bi­lawal Bhutto in a tweet said that Syed Yousuf Raza Gi­lani re­ceived tele­phone from Afghan Am­bas­sador that his son Ali Haider Gi­lani has been re­cov­ered in a suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion.

Ali Gi­lani, can­di­date for a pro­vin­cial assem­bly seat in the district of Mul­tan, was at­tend­ing an elec­tion event in the town of Mul­tan on May 9, 2013 when the gun­men pulled up, started shoot­ing, grabbed and threw him into a ve­hi­cle and drove off.

Yousaf Raza Gi­lani was prime min­is­ter from March 2008 un­til he was sacked and in­dicted by the Supreme Court in April 2012 for re­fus­ing to re­open cor­rup­tion cases against the then-pres­i­dent.

The for­mer prime min­is­ter led ma­jor mil­i­tary of­fen­sives against Tal­iban strongholds

like Swat and South Waziris­tan in 2009.

Ali Gi­lani has been re­leased few weeks af­ter the kid­napped son of slain gover­nor Sal­man Taseer was re­united with his fam­ily.

Taseer had been ab­ducted by gun­men from La­hore in Au­gust 2011, months af­ter his fa­ther was killed for op­pos­ing the coun­try‘s blas­phemy laws.

Taseer spent most of his time with TTP fight­ers who kept him in sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions in North and South Waziris­tan, and in ar­eas close to the Afghan bor­der.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif ex­pressed their joy over the safe re­cov­ery of Ali Haider Gi­lani.

The army chief tele­phoned Syed Yousuf Raza Gi­lani and con­grat­u­lated him on the safe re­cov­ery of his son.

Syed Yousuf Raza Gi­lani thanked Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif for co­op­er­at­ing at ev­ery level for the re­cov­ery of his son.

For­mer Pres­i­dent and PPP Chair­man Asif Ali Zar­dari also con­grat­u­lated the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Yousuf Raza Gi­lani on the re­cov­ery of his son.

PPP Leader Qa­mar Za­man Kaira while talk­ing to me­dia con­grat­u­lated the coun­try and the Gi­lani fam­ily on the news of re­cov­ery of Ali Haider.

“We are thank­ful to the Afghan gov­ern­ment and all se­cu­rity forces which made his re­cov­ery pos­si­ble,” Kaira said.

Fauzia Gi­lani, wife of Syed Yousuf Raza Gi­lani was over­whelmed with joy on get­ting in­for­ma­tion about the safe re­cov­ery of her son. Brother Musa Gi­lani said he was very happy over the re­port.

Sup­port­ers of the Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party (PPP) poured into streets in Mul­tan, at the res­i­dence of Gi­lani fam­ily and in Azad Jammu and Kash­mir and chanted cel­e­bra­tory slo­gans.

“Gi­lani tere jaan nisar, beshu­mar beshu­mar” (We would sac­ri­fice our life for Gi­lani)!

Dozens of peo­ple, of all ages, gath­ered at main junc­tions of Mul­tan in the city wav­ing party flags and distribut­ing mithai (sweets).

The Gi­lani fam­ily has a strong vote­base in Mul­tan, where vot­ers have lent over­whelm­ing sup­port to the for­mer prime min­is­ter dur­ing elec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Ali Haider Gi­lani was first brought to the Ba­gram air­base, which is the main air­base for Amer­i­can troops. He was then trans­ferred to Kabul from where he will be brought to Is­lam­abad through a special plane.

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