Balochistan

Shahbaz Taseer recovered from Balochistan after nearly five years

QUETTA: Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) together with intelligence personnel has recovered Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer, from Balochistan after almost five years, ARY News reported.

CTD and intelligence personnel conducted a raid in a posh area of Kuchlak in Balochistan and recovered Shahbaz Taseer following brief resistance by the kidnappers. Our correspondent told that Taseer, when recovered, was in stable condition.

The law enforcers are still on a manhunt for the kidnappers.

Taseer in Quetta following his recovery from abductors.

Aitzaz Goraya, head of the Counter-Terrorism Department of Balochistan told AFP: “Yes, we have recovered him.”

“Acting on a tip off, intelligence forces and police went to a compound in the Kuchlak district some 25 kilometres north of Quetta,” Goraya added.

“We surrounded the compound and we raided it. We didn’t find anyone. A single person was there and he told us my name is Shahbaz and my father’s name is Salmaan Taseer.”

Goraya described Taseer, who is in his early thirties, as being in “feeble” health.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, spokesman for the Balochistan government, told the private TV news channel 92 news: “I can confirm that Shahbaz Taseer has been safely recovered. He is in safe hands.”

Shahbaz Taseer was made to talk to his family in Lahore and he informed his mother about his well-being, family sources said. He will be shifted to Lahore from Quetta tonight.

Taseer was abducted from Gulberg area of Lahore in August, 2011. There surfaced numerous reports about his whereabouts, but none could be confirmed.

Officials collect evidence from Taseer’s vehicle in Lahore, following his abduction.

A few quoted that at first, Taseer was kept in Waziristan and was handed over to several kidnapper groups during past five years.

Shahbaz Taseer (Left), former PM Yousuf Raza Gillani (Center) and slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer (Right).

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also confirmed the recovery of Shahbaz Taseer. He said that he will soon brief the parliament after obtaining all details pertaining to the raid.

Meanwhile, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that Taseer was rescued from Kuchlak with the help of intelligence agencies. It said that more details of the event will be divulged later.

Shahbaz Taseer pictured with father Salman Taseer.

Analysts are referring to the high-profile recovery as a major success in the crackdown on militants and criminals across the country.

It is also pertinent to note here that Shahbaz Taseer’s recovery comes a week after his father Salman Taseer’s assassin was hanged to death at Rawalpindi’s Adiyala prison.

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