By Aamir Latif
Captors of the son of former Pakistani prime minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani have demanded the release of the families of militants allegedly held by Pakistani security agencies.
Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani 16th PM of Pakistan from 25 Mar 2008 to 19 June 2012 till he was ousted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Ali Haider Gilani, was kidnapped in his home district of Multan on the last day of the election campaign in 2013. Haider, was reportedly bleeding as he was dragged into a car and whisked away. The Gilani family claim to have complained that they had received death threats from the Taliban but were not given adequate security.
Ali Haider Gilani, son of the former premier, had been abducted during an election rally in northeastern district of Multan district in May 2013.
“I have spoken to him for the first time in two years,” his father told reporters on Sunday.
“They [captors] have not demanded any ransom money. They demanded the release of women and children of their allies,” he said but did not elaborate.
They let him [Haider] speak to me for eight minutes. He sounded well,” said Gilani who served as the country’s prime minister from 2008 to 2012.
Gilani met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to seek help for the release of his son last month, as intelligence agencies believe that Haider is being kept somewhere in Afghanistan. They have, in the past, blamed Taliban militants for Haider’s abduction. (Anadolu Ajansi)