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KABUL/LAHORE: Ali Haider Gilani, son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, was freed from kidnappers by US and Afghan forces during a counter-terror raid in eastern Afghanistan.

A special aircraft carrying Ali Haider Gilani landed in Lahore on Wednesday after he was handed over to Pakistani officials in Kabul.

Before departing for Lahore in a special aircraft sent by Pakistani government, Ali Haider said, “I am looking forward to being reunited with my family”.

Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Gilani residence in Lahore to welcome the 30-year-old. Rose petals were showered on the car carrying Ali Haider, who stepped out and waved to supporters.

Ali Haider Gilani is escorted by Afghan Special Forces personnel from an Afghan National Army helicopter at the Ministry of Defence. -AFP
Ali Haider Gilani is escorted by Afghan Special Forces personnel from an Afghan National Army helicopter at the Ministry of Defence. -AFP
Ali Haidar Gilani emerges from helicopter as he arrives at the Afghan Ministry of Defense. -AP
Ali Haidar Gilani emerges from helicopter as he arrives at the Afghan Ministry of Defense. -AP
Ali Haidar Gilani stands with Afghan Special Forces as he arrives at the Afghan Ministry of Defense in Kabul ─ AP
Ali Haidar Gilani stands with Afghan Special Forces as he arrives at the Afghan Ministry of Defense in Kabul ─ AP
Ali Haidar Gilani, shakes hand with Afghan officials as he arrives at the Afghan Ministry of Defense. -AP
Ali Haidar Gilani, shakes hand with Afghan officials as he arrives at the Afghan Ministry of Defense. -AP
Ali Haider Gilani shakes hands with Afghans and Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain (L). -Reuters
Ali Haider Gilani shakes hands with Afghans and Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain (L). -Reuters
Ali Haidar Gilani shakes hand with Pakistani Ambassador Abrar Hussain as he arrives at the Afghan Ministry of Defense. -AP
Ali Haidar Gilani shakes hand with Pakistani Ambassador Abrar Hussain as he arrives at the Afghan Ministry of Defense. -AP
Ali Haider Gilani shakes hands with Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain at the Ministry of Defence. -AFP
Ali Haider Gilani shakes hands with Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain at the Ministry of Defence. -AFP
Ali Haider Gilani (L) walks with Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain (C) at the Defence ministry. -Reuters
Ali Haider Gilani (L) walks with Pakistan's Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain (C) at the Defence ministry. -Reuters
Ali Haider Gilani (R) shakes hands with Afghan Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Qadamshah Shahim at the Defence Ministry. -Reuters
Ali Haider Gilani (R) shakes hands with Afghan Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Qadamshah Shahim at the Defence Ministry. -Reuters
Ali Haidar Gilani waves as he arrives at the Ministry of Defense. -AP
Ali Haidar Gilani waves as he arrives at the Ministry of Defense. -AP
Ali Haidar Gilani disembarks from a vehicle upon arrival at his residence in Lahore ─ AP
Ali Haidar Gilani disembarks from a vehicle upon arrival at his residence in Lahore ─ AP
Ali Haider Gilani waves as he arrives home in Lahore. -AFP
Ali Haider Gilani waves as he arrives home in Lahore. -AFP
Ali Haider Gilani, waves as he arrives home in Lahore. -AFP
Ali Haider Gilani, waves as he arrives home in Lahore. -AFP

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Nadeem Mian May 11, 2016 05:40pm

It is great news .... a son is reunited with his mother and family .......

When that kind of efforts would be done to recover a child of common Pakistani ? .....I sincerely hope ....soon

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imran May 11, 2016 06:46pm

why is he holding hands with the ambassador

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AIZ May 11, 2016 07:20pm

Nice one

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Tahir Lone May 11, 2016 07:34pm

Blame lies with the Afghan authorities for providing space and sanctuaries to TTP terrorists.

No doubt this release was arranged by handlers of TTP.. the NDS to deflect criticism from Pakistan.

Congrats to the family on their sons release..

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Truth May 11, 2016 08:40pm

He's in good shape provided that he was a captive for three straight years

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Ahsan Gul May 11, 2016 09:00pm

Welcome back. You should be thankful to Allaha for being alive. Congratulations to your parents.

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Javed May 11, 2016 11:31pm

Good News for all of us. Great News for the Family. Looks well fed, wonder how much was paid.

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imran Khan May 12, 2016 05:36am

Its good for you, Sir now you should work for the betterment of Pakistan and its poor nation, hope you have felt how it feels like to live with limited means.

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Pindi boy May 12, 2016 09:17am

Life is different if your father is not Gillani or Taseer.

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Jawaid Islam May 12, 2016 04:48pm

What went on behind the scenes is still unknown, would remain so.

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Syed Ahmed, Canada May 13, 2016 12:56am

The aircraft that brought Ali Raza Gilani from Kabul was PM Nawaz Sharifs official aircraft. Who gave him authority to use the aircraft for private purpose. It is sheer misuse of government property which is a serious offence.

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Rocky May 13, 2016 04:05am

@Tahir Lone He was kidnapped from Pak so I guess blame is on Pak first.

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Taimoor Khan May 13, 2016 03:37pm

I hope the Afghan regime will handover Fazaullah, Khurasani and Naray with same fan fair to the Pakistani authorities. If the readers dont know who these characters are, they are the ones who owned killing of Pakistani children in APS school attack and now "hiding" in Afghanistan.

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