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Shuja Khanzada said Abducted Shahbaz Taseer and Ali Haider are in Afghanistan

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Shahbaz Taseer and Ali Haider

Shahbaz Taseer and Ali Haider

Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada said Friday that Shahbaz Taseer, son of ex-Punjab governor late Salman Taseer, and Ali Haider Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, are held captive inside Afghanistan, media reported.

While replying a question in Punjab Assembly, the provincial home minister said that COAS General Raheel Sharif has raised the issue with the Afghan government for their release.

He said that the government was trying its best to secure release of both Shahbaz and Ali Haider.

Khanzada said that suspects from KPK are involved in almost 95 percent of the cases of kidnapping for ransom in the province, adding security has been beefed up on roads linking KPK with Punjab.

He said that in the last two years 324 cases of kidnapping for ransom were registered while 19 captives were killed in the same period.

Shahbaz Taseer was abducted from Lahore in August 2011 while Ali Haider was kidnapped from Multan in May 2013. Since their abduction it was widely believed that both of them were held in North Waziristan, where Pakistan Army launched operation Zarb-e-Azb in June last year.

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