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Gilani’s son handed over to Pakistan embassy in Kabul

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The government on Wednesday officially submitted Ali Haider Gilani, son of Pakistan’s former premier Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani to Pakistani ambassador in Kabul.

The junior Gilani was freed during a join Afghan-US operation on Tuesday in Giyan district of Paktika province.

He flew to the defense ministry compound where Pakistan ambassador welcomed him.

Army chief of staff Qadam Shah Shahim called Gilani’s release a “great pleasure” for the national army.

“It is great pleasure that we rescued one of our friends through the operation conducted by our brave special forces,” Shahim said.

He said that Afghan army Special Forces succeeded to rescue an innocent man, who was kidnapped by terrorist and planned to be misused as political tools.

Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain said: “I am thankful to Afghan Army who made special efforts for his rescue and to the Afghan nation.”

“The sacrifices of the national army for someone from another country revealed the efforts of Afghan government for braining peace in the region,” Gilani said.

He also thanked the US forces for medical care and supporting.

“At this time I am just eager to reunite with my family and just getting back to my normal life,” he added.

Pakistan former Prime Minister’s son Ali Haidar Gilani was kidnapped three years ago from Pakistan and was shifted to Afghanistan. Afghan Special Forces with support of international troops conducted an operation against Al-Qaeda in Giyan district of Paktika province Monday night, which as result Ali Haidar Gilani was released after three years in lock up.

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