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U.S., Afghan Forces Find Kidnapped Son Of Ex-Pakistani PM


Ali Haider Gilani in a photograph taken in May 2013

Ali Haider Gilani in a photograph taken in May 2013

The kidnapped son of a former Pakistani prime minister has been rescued in Afghanistan in a joint Afghan-U.S. special forces operation.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said on May 10 that Ali Haider Gilani, son of Yousaf Raza Gilani, would be transferred to Pakistan after undergoing medical checks.

Gilani was said to be in good health.

The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan said he had been rescued in the eastern Paktika Province, not in neighboring Ghazni as earlier reported.

The Afghan presidency said the raid had targeted an Al-Qaeda cell.

Gilani was kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants on May 9, 2013 in his home town of Multan as he was campaigning in elections.

His father was prime minister from March 2008 until he was sacked and indicted by the Supreme Court in April 2012.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa
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