Shahbaz Taseer recovered from Balochistan after five years in captivity

Published: March 8, 2016
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Shahbaz Taseer's latest photo taken in Quetta on March 8, 2016. PHOTO: ISPR

Shahbaz Taseer's latest photo taken in Quetta on March 8, 2016. PHOTO: ISPR

Shahbaz Taseer's latest photo taken in Quetta on March 8, 2016. PHOTO: ISPR Shahbaz Taseer. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA / ISLAMABAD: Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain governor Punjab Salman Taseer, was released with concerted efforts of law enforcers in Kuchlak area of Balochistan on Tuesday.

Aitzaz Goraya, head of the Counter-Terrorism Department of Balochistan province 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 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.”

Activists pay tribute to Salman Taseer

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

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

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar also confirmed the recovery during a Senate session.

The ISPR shared Shahbaz’s latest photo.

Shahbaz Taseer abducted from Lahore

He was abducted from the Gulberg area of Lahore on August 26, 2011.

Shahbaz left his house from Cavalry Ground in his silver Mercedes Kompressor (LZT-1) for his office around 10:15am. His car was intercepted by a black SUV and motorbike around 600 yards from the office and up to three men dragged Taseer out of the car and took him away.

Shahbaz’s father-in-law Salman Ghani also confirmed his freedom, but did not give any details.

A second militant source said the Taliban had been demanding up to Rs2 billion for his release.

Security analyst Imtiaz Gul said it was possible a ransom had been paid and Shahbaz had been abandoned by his abductors once they received the money.

PHOTO: PPI

Owner of a roadside restaurant in Kuchlak told reporters that Shahbaz was recovered after he came to his restaurant on foot on Tuesday evening, made a phone call and then personnel from FC came and picked him up.

“He had grown long hair with a scruffy beard and was frantically asking for a telephone or mobile phone” the owner of Al-Saleem hotel told reporters in Kuchlak.

“He ate food here, paid a bill of Rs350 and then called someone from a waiter’s mobile,” the owner said, adding that minutes later FC personnel arrived.

Background

Eldest son of former governor, Shahbaz is a director in several companies his father founded, including Pace Pakistan Ltd, First Capital Equities Ltd, Media Times Ltd. and First Capital Securities Corp Ltd.

Salmaan Taseer’s killer Mumtaz Qadri executed

A vocal critic of the blasphemy law, Salmaan Taseer showed his overwhelming support for Aasia Bibi, the woman charged with making disrespectful remarks against the Holy Prophet (pbuh), and condemned the controversial law on several occasions.

Salmaan Taseer was shot dead on January 4, 2011 by his security guard, Mumtaz Qadri.

Last week, Qadri was hanged in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.

Former PM Gilani speaks to abducted son over phone

Analysts described the execution as a key moment in country’s long fight against militancy, saying it demonstrated the government’s resolve to uphold the rule of law rather than allow extremism to flourish.

Meanwhile, the youngest son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Ali Haider Gilani still awaits release.

He was kidnapped during an election campaign rally on May 9, 2013. His secretary and a bodyguard were killed and four people wounded.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • A-No.1
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:16PM

    Excellent news.Recommend

  • moeed
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:18PM

    finally a good news for this family Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:21PM

    Wonderful news!Recommend

  • Az
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:22PM

    This is a mystery storyRecommend

  • freakonomist
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:26PM

    Congrats. Taseer family receiving good news, one after another.Recommend

  • Romm
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:28PM

    Very Good NewsRecommend

  • Mar 8, 2016 - 6:32PM

    Mubarak Ho to all the agencies involved and Shahbaz Taseer and family. SALAMS Recommend

  • A Sindhi
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:34PM

    The credit goes to Pak-ArmyRecommend

  • Noman Ansari
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:37PM

    One piece of amazing news after another. I hope this true.

    If it is congratulations to the Taseer family. Especially to this man’s brave wife. Recommend

  • shah
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:45PM

    Establishment works in mysterious ways in Pakistan. I am happy that Qadri was executed but what was the point of this Shahbaz Taseer drama ? Recommend

  • Logitech
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:49PM

    welcome back. I will start a trend on twitter. Recommend

  • dawn reader.
    Mar 8, 2016 - 7:08PM

    This is wonderful news. Congratulations to law enforcement agencies. Pakistan can be proud of its L.E.A.’s. We all share the happiness with the family. They never lost hope, never lost faith, this is what life is about, remain strong, remain steadfast. Recommend

  • Zaffar
    Mar 8, 2016 - 7:10PM

    Great news a big relieve to the family!!Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 8, 2016 - 7:14PM

    Kuchlaka is the same place where our state guests Taliban leadership is supposed to be. What a coincidence. Seems our state guests were holding Taseer’s son for safe keeping until he was wanted back.Recommend

  • Romm
    Mar 8, 2016 - 7:22PM

    @shah:
    Establishment Phobic! Recommend

  • Farru
    Mar 8, 2016 - 7:28PM

    Awesome newsRecommend

  • Vijay Ramesh
    Mar 8, 2016 - 7:31PM

    Very Good News Pakistan. Kudos to Pakistan security for finding Shahbaz Taseer. Allah ho Akbar. Recommend

  • Amjad Husain
    Mar 8, 2016 - 7:57PM

    It is great news. Congratulations to Taseer family. They have born all the mental and emotional trauma with the patience during this time. But the question is, if the likes of Taseer are recovered after such a long time, where the man in the street stands?Recommend

  • GK
    Mar 8, 2016 - 8:07PM

    Released by agencies, they were having hold of him long time ago, just waiting for the right time to come… nothing better than now!Recommend

  • Northpole
    Mar 8, 2016 - 8:15PM

    Welcome to civilisation…write a great book about captivity..it will be a great read..:)Recommend

  • Jawed Saleem
    Mar 8, 2016 - 8:45PM

    Great job, LEAs deserve all accolades.
    Hope A. H. Gilani is recovered asap. Recommend

  • Confused
    Mar 8, 2016 - 9:21PM

    Who was the Chief Minister of Punjab at that time?Anyone please?Recommend

  • Mk
    Mar 8, 2016 - 9:26PM

    Great going!
    FYI: he isn’t the oldest son, Salman Taseer has an older son from his first wife. Recommend

  • quatro
    Mar 8, 2016 - 9:33PM

    If he was in the house alone – then that means that someone paid a bribe and law enforcement doesn’t deserve credit for that.Recommend

  • Shakil Chaudhary
    Mar 8, 2016 - 9:34PM

    Hearty congratulations to the Taseer family! Recommend

  • Imtiaz
    Mar 8, 2016 - 9:53PM

    It was more better if his abductors get killed on the same spot.Recommend

  • Guldar Ali Khan Wazir
    Mar 8, 2016 - 11:53PM

    A good news for the Pakistani nation that a US drone dead came to life again. What sensational news is aired by the Pakistani media that a living person was declared dead and pushed the family of Taseer to a traumatic situation. I salute the Pakistani security forces for the safe recovery of Shahbaz Taseer from Balochistan. But a question also arises how this whole drama came to an end so abruptly. Better to share the ground realities of the whole incident with the nation. Recommend

  • haider ali
    Mar 9, 2016 - 12:08AM

    Good drama finally is out from self abduction :)Recommend

  • analyzer
    Mar 9, 2016 - 12:20AM

    It looks like he was abducted to pressure his family to pardon his father’s killer. But that did not work, and the killer was hanged. His family showed a real nerve here. Salman Taseer has an amazing family too! After the hanging, abductors had two options; kill the son or let him go and they decided to let him go, probably to bank on the sympathy created for Qadri on his hanging.Recommend

  • Raees Ahmad
    Mar 9, 2016 - 12:21AM

    At last, Brave Pak Army rescued Shahbaz Taseer after great struggle.Recommend

  • syed rizvi
    Mar 9, 2016 - 12:50AM

    And we are still told india’s proxy is not involved in this. Recommend

  • khattak
    Mar 9, 2016 - 12:58AM

    Thanks Army/FC for picking him from an abundant house. I am sure no ransom was paid & as always it were the sacrifices & bravery of Pak army soldiers that make his release possible. Recommend

  • syed
    Mar 9, 2016 - 1:16AM

    A big success on the part of fighting forces. Mullas got killed Salman Taseer and abducted his son a big blow to the family. Recommend

  • curious2
    Mar 9, 2016 - 2:06AM

    Security analyst Imtiaz Gul said it was possible a ransom had been paid and Shahbaz had been abandoned by his abductors once they received the money.
    .
    Yep – hostage found alone in house doesn’t jive with the initial reports implying that security officials surrounded the house and forcefully recovered the hostage. I am happy he has been returned — not happy that his family likely had to pay enormous ransom to get him freed or that security officials are trying to take credit where none is due.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Mar 9, 2016 - 3:14AM

    Congratulations it’s great newsRecommend

  • sattar rind
    Mar 11, 2016 - 5:55PM

    thanks GodRecommend

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