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

| Updated: Sep 21, 2016 00:44 IST

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)