Advertisement

AP Newswire

Stateside World Business Stocks Technology Sports Weather
Entertainment Multimedia Health Science Politics Travel Offbeat
May 11, 2:59 AM EDT

Rescued son of Pakistan's ex-PM to be flown home from Kabul


AP Photo
AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

Interactives
Interactive about flood-hit areas in Asia
Floods in Pakistan
Battling Taliban in Pakistan
A village destroyed: On the front lines of the Pakistan-Taliban conflict
Timeline on embassy attacks
Latest News
Pakistani police kill 14 alleged al-Qaida militants

In Pakistan, 4 nations mull how to bring Taliban to talks

Pakistan protests Bangladesh's execution of Islamist leader

Rescued son of Pakistan's ex-PM to be flown home from Kabul

Photo Gallery
Pakistan Elections
Latest News
Official: Roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan kills 5

Afghan leaders see Taliban leader's death as hopeful sign

Mansour's brief reign as chief marked by turmoil

The Latest: Senior US commander says Taliban faces 'dilemma'

Afghan cyclists present UN chief with peace message

Multimedia
US troops spending Christmas
Multimedia
Child labor in Pakistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The son of a former Pakistani prime minister who was freed from kidnappers in a dramatic military rescue in Afghanistan was handed over to Pakistan's ambassador in Kabul on Wednesday.

Ali Haidar Gilani arrived by helicopter at the Afghan Ministry of Defense in Kabul, where he was greeted with hugs and handshakes by Pakistani Ambassador Abrar Hussain. He was expected to be flown home to Pakistan in a special plane sent to Kabul by the Islamabad government.

Gilani was rescued during a joint U.S. -Afghan commando raid on an al-Qaida compound near the Pakistani border on Tuesday, after three years of captivity by militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He spent the night at a military base, undergoing medical check-ups. He arrived at the ministry with long hair and a heavy beard, wearing a T-shirt, combat trousers and a baseball cap.

Speaking in halting English, he thanked Afghan forces for "their sacrifice for someone from another country." He also thanked U.S. forces for providing shelter, food and medical care.

"Right now I just want to be reunited with my family and get back to normal life," he said. His father, Yusuf Raza Gilani served as prime minister from 2008 to 2012.

His rescue had been a "nice surprise," the spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland said earlier, as it was not known that Gilani was being held at the location where the operation was taking place.

The raid in the Gayan district of Paktika province was conducted under the authority of the U.S. anti-terrorist mission in Afghanistan, Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter praised the rescue, calling it "an excellent example of the strong security and intelligence partnership between Afghan and U.S. forces."

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Advertisement

 

 

Advertisement
Advertisement