Salman Taseer’s son recovered from Quetta

QUETTA: Son of former governor Punjab Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Taseer has been recovered near Quetta on Tuesday, Aaj News reported.

Intelligence agencies carried out a surgical operation in a densely populated suburban area of Quetta, Kachlak.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and Inter-Services Public Relations have also confirmed the recovery.

He was kidnapped from Gulberg, Lahore, five years back. TTP members had been demanding from Rs500 million to Rs2 billion from his family.

Shahbaz was abducted from Lahore in 2011 near his company’s head office a few months after assassination of his father SalmanTaseer.

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.”

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.”