Shahbaz Taseer jokes about ‘Homeland’ in Twitter Q&A


Shahbaz Taseer being flown home (Lahore) from Quetta in a special aircraft by int officials. PHOTO: ISPR

LAHORE: Shahbaz Taseer, who was freed earlier this month after being held by militants for five years joked on Twitter Tuesday that his wife had compared him to Damien Lewis’s character in the hit US drama “Homeland”.

Shahbaz, the son of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, was abducted by gunmen in Lahore in 2011, just months after his father was killed for opposing the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.

He was picked up by security forces in Balochistan on March 8, though the circumstances of his release remain murky.

His family have declined interviews with media since, but on Tuesday Taseer took to Twitter for a light-hearted question and answer session with followers about his captivity.

 

When asked by one if he had seen ‘Homeland’, starring Lewis as a US Marine turned would-be terrorist after he was radicalised during eight years of captivity, he said: “Not yet but trust me I’m good!”

“The protagonist in its first 2 seasons came to my mind when I heard the news about your release,” the follower pushed.

But Taseer laughed it off, writing: “That’s what my wife said haha”.

During his custody, Taseer was moved between locations in the tribal areas and militant outfits, according to multiple rebel commanders.

Militant sources have said he was treated well during his time in captivity, with one telling AFP that he used to play cricket with his captors.

Speculation has been rife that his release – which came a week after his father’s killer Mumtaz Qadri was hanged – was the a result of a ransom being paid to his Taliban captors, with some militant sources placing the figure at tens of millions of dollars.

Source: AFP