Ali Haider thanks na­tion, says would di­late on ‘hard­ships’ later

Pakistan Observer - - LAHORE CITY - CITY RE­PORTER

LAHORE—Ali Haider Gil­lani, son of for­mer prime min­is­ter Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani, on Thurs­day thanked the na­tion and Pak­istan Peo­ples Party (PPP) work­ers for their earnest prayers for his safe re­cov­ery.

He was talk­ing to me­dia per­sons for the first time af­ter his re­cov­ery here at his res­i­dence along­side his fa­ther Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani.

To a ques­tion Ali Gil­lani re­marked, “I am back home only be­cause of prayers of my fam­ily mem­bers, PPP work­ers and the na­tion”.

He also thanked the peo­ple of Mul­tan who cel­e­brated his safe pas­sage back home. To an­other ques­tion about his hard­ships, he re­sponded that it was a “long story” and would di­late upon it later.

On the oc­ca­sion, Syed Yusuf Raza Gi­lani thanked US and Afghan forces for their ef­forts and termed Ali’s re­cov­ery lit­tle short of a mir­a­cle.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate Afghan-US forces who made ef­forts for Ali’s re­cov­ery. Our fam­ily was thor­oughly de­pressed and sad be­fore Ali was found”.

He told me­dia that his son was healthy and he was also writ­ing notes for his book but the writ­ten mat­ter was seized and burnt by mil­i­tants.

It may be men­tioned that Ali Gil­lani was kid­napped from out­skirts of Mul­tan on May 9, 2013 dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

Mean­while, a num­ber of peo­ple, in­clud­ing friends and party work­ers had gath­ered out­side Gi­lani’s res­i­dence and were seen dis­tribut­ing sweets to cel­e­brate the happy oc­ca­sion.

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