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LAHORE: Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he has been in contact with the kidnappers of his son Ali Haider over the past year but they have never demanded ransom because they are interested only in securing release of some prisoners.

“They want release of certain prisoners from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi and, according to my information, a few of them have been recently freed by the government. But it has failed to secure the release of my son, or of Shahbaz Taseer, the son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer, and other innocent captives in return,” Mr Gilani said while talking to Dawn here on Sunday.

Criticising Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for sharing a video of his son with the media, Mr Gilani said: “It is regrettable that the minister shared the video with the media without bringing it to my knowledge. I did not expect such an irresponsible behaviour from Chaudhry Nisar who is a friend. After receiving the video, he should have contacted me first.

“My family and I could not sleep the whole night when we learnt about the disturbing content of the video,” he said.

Chaudhry Nisar said that the government had received a video showing Ali Haider in chains and saying that he was in the captivity of a group which was not under the control of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Ali Haider says in the video that the kidnappers were initially demanding Rs2 billion for his release but now they have reduced the ransom amount to Rs500 million. He also says that he will be killed if the payment is not made in a month and deplores that his family is not doing enough for his release.

Ali Haider was kidnapped by gunmen in Multan two days before the May 11 general elections.

“How could the interior minister give a clean chit to the TTP (that my son is not in their custody),” Mr Gilani said.

He said that it was against the spirit of talks (between the government and the TTP) that the government was releasing Taliban prisoners and getting nothing in return.

Earlier, the Gilani family had received Ali Haider’s recorded voice message in which he had appealed to the government, security forces and people to accept the demands of his kidnappers. Some medicines and a letter from Ali Haider’s mother were sent to him in Miramshah.

The former prime minister said: “I will talk to the prime minister and interior minister and ask them why the government has adopted a non-serious attitude regarding the release of my son.”


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Arun
Apr 28, 2014 07:57am

What the hell is happening in PAK....

khanm
Apr 28, 2014 10:58am

You am messed so much wealth. you cannot even use it to get your son released.. Karma my friend Karma..I believe in karma, and I believe if you put out positive vibes to everybody, that's all you're going to get back. There's a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.

Red Dawn
Apr 28, 2014 11:27am

@Khanm: Your remark is pathetic and shows what you are.

event horizon
Apr 28, 2014 11:52am

@khanm Exact cause why Pakistan is so backward is that we believe in what we hear from the most malicious people. There is no proof so far that Gilani has any money that he should not have had. All is propaganda till something is proven in a court of law. My opinion is that it suits PPP opponents more to make propaganda against PPP corruption than have some PPP men punished for corruption. I am not saying that Gilani has been free of corruption but let something be proved in a court of law. Till then we do not know anything about the stories we hear. Even when it is proved, it is not right to talk about karma. His son is kidnapped and use your senses and try to imagine what the family and the son would be going through.

Syed
Apr 28, 2014 12:26pm

My dear son Gilani Jr,

Why did you have to ask me in public to pay the ransom? You already know your daddy has enough wealth. Dont worry my son, daddy will pay whatever they are asking. 2 billion is just a small amount for me. Next time, dont bring the money discussion in public. Otherwise i have to give statements like the one i just gave. Take care my son, daddy will get you out soon.

Parvez
Apr 28, 2014 12:57pm

Gives one a small view of the workings of a feudal mind.

md
Apr 28, 2014 02:28pm

@Syed : what a pathetic comment my dear! Imagine if your near and dear one is in kidnapped by TTP and they coerce him to give a video message, would you still have similar reaction? They may be corrupt but they don't deserve to be kidnapped and punished by lawless TTP. Please show some empathy and wisdom!

Muhammed Ali
Apr 28, 2014 04:23pm

Its very sad, but look at the bigger picture the PPP hardly cared about others neither do this govt sad to say, but Gillani you had 5 years in govt and the security state went from bad to worse did you even care about the public? Because if you did you certainly did not do anything about..i hope you get your son back safe and sound, along with many others, but this was a very very small nudge from Allah Talla, wake up and serve your awam like Allah has told you to, treat others like you would like to be treated.....be humble after all you might have billions but a mother does not have her son and neither do you.....

Aftab Alam Khan
Apr 28, 2014 04:51pm

What a plight, son of an ex-PM is kidnapped and chained by outlawed but the present PM not comes for his release from the captive.......Ghreeb k betey ko kon poochhey ga.

Khanm
Apr 28, 2014 10:00pm

@Red dawn We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.

Khanm
Apr 28, 2014 10:10pm

@event horizon Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.