“Intelligence agencies have recovered Shahbaz Taseer from an area near Kuchlak, Balochistan.”Shortly after he was rescued, an army spokesman, Asim Bajwa, shared photos of Shahbaz and said he was “hale and hearty”. The official tweeted:
Latest pics of Mr Shahbaz Taseer taken at Quetta,9:30 PM today.In full protection,he is hale and hearty pic.twitter.com/MqmfYtEzcX— Gen Asim Bajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) March 8, 2016
According to Dawn, he has been shifted from Kuchlak to Quetta and is reportedly in stable condition. Doctors were also called to conduct a medical check-up. He is expected to reunite with his family in Lahore soon.
Update:Shahbaz Taseer being flown home (Lahore) from Quetta in a special aircraft by int officials pic.twitter.com/ruoxPRxXa0— Gen Asim Bajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) March 9, 2016
Shahbaz Taseer had lunch at Al-Saleem Hotel Kuchlak paid his bill of 350 Rs and then called his family that he is free— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirGEO) March 8, 2016
Only Shahbaz Taseer can reveal the details of his release but the good news is that he is free now and family is relieved — Hamid Mir (@HamidMirGEO) March 8, 2016Shahbaz, who is a graduate of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, is not the only high-profile member of Pakistan’s elite to have been kidnapped by terrorists. Ali Haider Gilani, son of former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani, was abducted from Multan on May 9, 2013, outside the Pakistan People’s Party office in the run-up to the 2013 general elections.