May 242015

Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani spoke to his abducted son, Ali Haider Gilani, via telephone on Sunday afternoon, after two years, Express News reported.

The two reportedly spoke for about eight minutes.

Ali Haider Gilani was kidnapped on May 2, 2013 during an election rally in his hometown Multan. At the time of his abduction, in which his secretary and bodyguard had also got killed, a caretaker setup was in place to supervise the 2013 elections.

Read: Militants release video of Ali Haider Gilani

Last year, in a released video, Ali said that he was in custody of a militant group not part of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

According to a top government official, the group has demanded Rs2 billion in ransom and warned that they would kill him if their demand was not met within a month.

Read: Former PM Gilani’s son kidnapped in Multan

“The government received a video of Haider through a back channel. In the video, he is shown in shackles, and in very bad condition. He is criticising the government and his family for not doing enough for his release,” the government functionary told reporters.

The post Former PM Gilani speaks to abducted son over phone appeared first on The Express Tribune.

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