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Police officers surround a car of Shahbaz Taseer, who was kidnapped from Lahore on Aug 26, 2011. — Photo by AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday said that he hoped that Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer, would soon reunite with his family.

In a statement on the social networking website Twitter, the minister said that "multiple efforts" on the part of the government were underway which he said would result in a "positive" outcome.

Earlier in July, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had said that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had been negotiating with militants over Shahbaz’s release.

That was the first official confirmation that the government was in talks with the men holding Shahbaz.

Sanaullah had said during a Geo News TV program that Shahbaz’s kidnappers were demanding a large ransom and the release of some of their colleagues.

He had moreover said that the ISI had previously secured the release of the son-in-law of a former Pakistani army general through similar negotiations.

Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped from Lahore on Aug 26, 2011 in the morning near his company’s head office.

Shahbaz Taseer's father Salman Taseer was killed by his bodyguard last year for criticising Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

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Aug 21, 2012 02:37pm
When they donot know about the kidnapers then how they are negotiating with them?
Aug 21, 2012 10:03am
So, agencies know the kidnappers???
Aug 21, 2012 02:03pm
the problem with giving them money is once given, the kidnappers will only do it again. At some point they have to be caught and punished. Thieves only know how to steal. They are not going to take the money and become good members of society, once the money runs out, it will be back to thieving.
Aug 21, 2012 12:33pm
PML playing double game. On the one hand negotiating with taliban and other and shows their sempathy with salman's family.
truth bites
Aug 21, 2012 12:31pm
the deal will be cash and cash more cash plus few twisted minds behind the bars!
Aug 21, 2012 11:32am
We have heard this before too. Are we regarding kidnapping as a criminal act or a political act. Multiple efforts i hope are well cordinated and i sincerely hope would not open the flood gates to future similar incidents. Acting from a position of weakness is always dangerous. Submitting to blackmail is always counterproductive. All this has happened after the killing of Saleem Taseer who dared to speak for the minorities. Let us keep that in mind.
irfan baloch
Aug 21, 2012 11:16am
looks like all of the above, or maybe declare some more Muslim sects as kafirs that come under constant sectarian attacks, and not to forget institute Caliphate.
Aug 21, 2012 09:30am
What are the conditions for release? Cash, barter things or promise not to start operation in Waziristan? Please enlighten the people of Pakistan.
Karachi Wala
Aug 22, 2012 12:51pm
Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped from Lahore on Aug 26, 2011. It has been only a year. What is your hurry Rehman Malik?
Dr V. C. Bhutani
Aug 22, 2012 12:00am
We shall read in these columns one of these days that the chap has been killed by his kidnappers.