Wed, Jul 26, 2017 | updated 02:22 AM IST

Ex-Pak PM Gilani's son says his kidnappers were Pakistani, belonged to Al-Qaeda

Updated: Sep 20, 2016 19:14 IST      
Ex-Pak PM Gilani's son says his kidnappers were Pakistani, belonged to Al-Qaeda

Multan (Punjab)[Pakistan], Sept. 20 (ANI): Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former Pakistani prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who was in captivity for three years said that his kidnappers were Pakistani and they belonged to Al-Qaeda.

Talking to the local media at the spot from where he was abducted three years ago, Ali disclosed that his kidnappers and their facilitators belonged to 'Al Qaeda Punjab', reports Dawn.

Stating that Pakistan's security now has improved compare to how it was three years ago, Ali said that his freedom was not his victory alone, but the credit goes to the masses also, as his secretary Ghulam Mohiuddin and security guard

Ameen had died while attempting to save him.

While declaring that his party would decide about him contesting the next general elections, he said that all will have to work together and strengthen to fight terrorism.

"We all will have to work together and strengthen to fight terrorism so that there is no more killing and no more abductions," he said.

Gilani who was running for a provincial assembly seat from Multan was abducted in May 2013 and could only be recovered in May this year through a joint operation carried out by Afghan and US forces from an Al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan's Paktika province.

Gilani had earlier said that he was first taken from Multan to Khanewal, and then to Faisalabad and Waziristan, and added that the car they were travelling in was covered with election posters and flags.

His family is one of the most powerful in the central town of Multan and a key clan in the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), whose campaign for re-election had been dramatically curtailed by Tehrik-i-Taliban threats at the time. (ANI)

Cairo [Egypt], July 25 (ANI): Saudi Arabia and its allies on Tuesday released a new list of 18 organisations and individuals with ties to Yemen, Qatar and Libya branding them as "terrorist" over suspected links to Islamist extremism in Syria.

Full Story >>

US Senate votes today to replace Obamacare

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 20:47 IST     

New York [U.S.A.], July 25 (ANI): Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the Senate set to vote on Tuesday on the first major test for the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. It's a vote to debate and amendments on the House-passed health care bill (i.e. the AHCA.)

Full Story >>

Trump criticizes Sessions over Clinton

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 20:16 IST     

New York [U.S.A.], July 25 (ANI): In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticised Attorney General Jeff Sessions for taking "very weak position" on Hillary Clinton.

Full Story >>

Israel, India hold joint First Aid Training

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 18:52 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): The Israeli National Emergency Medical Service, MDA-Magen David Adom (Hebrew for Red Star of David) and the Indian Red Cross

Full Story >>

Beijing [China], July 25 (ANI) :China has reiterated that it is in favour of maintaining peace and stability along the India-China border but not at the expense of compromising on territorial sovereignty.

Full Story >>

Israel removes metal detectors from Al- Aqsa Mosque

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 17:40 IST     

Jerusalem [Israel], July 25 (ANI): After a week of violent protests that claimed seven lives,Israel on Tuesday removed controversial metal detectors installed outside the entrance of the sensitive compound that houses al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Full Story >>

Nepal PM Deuba to visit India next month: Sources

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 17:30 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

Kathmandu [Nepal], July 25 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is set to visit India next month.

Full Story >>

Chinese Foreign Minister accuses India of sparking Doklam row

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 17:08 IST     

Beijing [China], July 25 (ANI): China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has accused India of sparking off a border standoff by deploying its troops along the along the Doklam region.

Full Story >>

No deal with Ghani govt for political role: Hekmatyar

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 16:54 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], July 25 (ANI): Former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has outrightly rejected that his party, the Hezb-e-Islami, has reached an agreement to play a political role in the national unity-led government of Afghanistan.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], July 25 (ANI): Pope Francis' treasurer would be tried in Australia on the charges of sex crimes.

Full Story >>

PTI calls for scrutiny of political parties funds

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 16:39 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 25 (ANI): After being accused of receiving funds from unauthorised sources, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party has called for a scrutiny of accounts and funds of all political parties, particularly religious parties.

Full Story >>

Beijing [China], July 25 (ANI): Continuing their tirade against India, the state owned Chinese media has said the upcoming visit of Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to Beijing is only meant for BRICS meet and not for solving the current border standoff between the two sides.

Full Story >>

Pakistan PM's principal secretary accused of corruption

Updated: Jul 25, 2017 13:37 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 25 (ANI) :A petition has been filed against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Principal Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) accusing him of "corrupt practices".

Full Story >>

Beijing [China], July 25 (ANI): State-owned Chinese media has said that the upcoming annual BRICS National Security Advisers' meeting this week is not a platform to address Sino-Indian bilateral or border issues.

Full Story >>

Texas [United States], July 25 (ANI): A truck driver has been charged by a San Antonio federal courte for transporting undocumented immigrants in an unventilated, windowless semi truck which resulted in the death of 10 persons on Monday.

Full Story >>

Washington [USA], July 25 (ANI): In what can be perceived as a sigh of relief for Indians looking to move to or already reside in the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) notified that it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, effective immediately.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [United States], July 25 (ANI): With the U.S. identifying Pakistan as one of the "terrorist safe havens", Pakistan Senator Mushahid Hussain has accused the State Department of wanting to scapegoat Pakistan for their failures in Afghanistan.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 25 (ANI): Stressing on improving ties with India, Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain has said, that New Delhi and Islamabad should have a strategic stake in each other's economic development backed by the political leadersh

Full Story >>

New York [US], July. 25 (ANI): UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has a history being gaffe-prone, joked that the traditional Maori greeting 'hongi', in which people press their foreheads and noses together, could be mistaken for a headbutt.

Full Story >>

West Virginia [U.S.A.], July 25 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to joke in his address at the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree that he would fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if he fails to scrap Obamacare.

Full Story >>