Ali Haider Gilani says kidnappers not TTP

ISLAMABAD: The government on Friday confirmed that it had received a video message of Ali Haider Gilani the kidnapped son of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told Geo News that the kidnappers had demanded Rs500 million for the release of Ali Haider Gilani after an earlier demand of Rs2 billion. Nisar said Ali Haider could be seen in the video bound by chains.

According to Nisar, Ali Haider Gilani said in the video that his abductors were not affiliated with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and his family was not taking serious steps for his release.

Ali Haider Gilani further says in the video that if measures are not taken for his release within one month he will be killed.

Ali Haider Gilani was kidnapped from Multan on May 9, 2013 from outside a PPP office. He was the second son of a high-profile PPP leader who was kidnapped.

In August 2011 Shahbaz Taseer the son of late Governor Punjab Salman Taseer was kidnapped from Lahore.

Both the kidnappings have been linked to the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.