Ex-premier’s son is freed

Res­cued af­ter three years in cap­tiv­ity

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

A joint raid by US and Afghan forces has res­cued the son of a former Pak­istani prime min­is­ter who was held cap­tive for three years by Is­lamic mil­i­tants, of­fi­cials said.

Ali Haider Gi­lani was found dur­ing the raid yes­ter­day near Afghanistan’s eastern bor­der with Pak­istan, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani.

Gi­lani, be­lieved to be around 30, is the son of Pak­istan’s former Prime Min­is­ter Yusuf Raza Gi­lani whose sec­u­lar anti-Tal­iban Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party’s led sev­eral ma­jor of­fen­sives against mil­i­tants.

In Pak­istan, the for­eign ministry said the Afghan Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Mo­ham­mad Hanif At­mar told Pak­istan’s for­eign af­fairs ad­viser, Sartaj Aziz, in a tele­phone call about the devel­op­ment.

The raid took place in the Gayan district of Pak­itka prov­ince, Ghani’s spokesman, Za­far Hashemi, said - not in Ghazni prov­ince as the Pak­istani For­eign Of­fice ear­lier re­ported.

It was con­ducted un­der the author­ity of the US anti-ter­ror­ist mis­sion in Afghanistan, Op­er­a­tion Free­dom’s Sen­tinel, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by US mil­i­tary in Afghanistan.

“Four enemy com­bat­ants were killed as a re­sult of the op­er­a­tion. No other in­juries or dam­age was ob­served or re­ported,” the state­ment said. It said that the counter-ter­ror mis­sion was “planned and launched af­ter ev­i­dence of ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity was con­firmed”.

A spokesman for Afghanistan’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Tawad Ghorzang, told re­porters in Kabul that the res­cue took place dur­ing an on­go­ing op­er­a­tion in the area against Al Qaeda and other mil­i­tants. The op­er­a­tion did not specif­i­cally seek Gi­lani, but came across him in the course of anti-ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions, he said.

Gi­lani was in good health, Ghorzang added, and “will soon be handed through diplo­matic chan­nels to Pak­istan.”.

Gun­men kid­napped Gi­lani in May 2013. There was no claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

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