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USFOR-A: Son of Pakistan’s Ex-PM rescued in a joint raid with Afghan commandos

Ali-Haidar-Gilani-1The United States Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said the son of former Pakistani Prime Minister was rescued during a joint raid conducted by the US Special Operations Forces and Afghan commandos.

” Ali Haider Gilani, son of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, was rescued today in Giyan District of Paktika Province Afghanistan by U.S. Special Operations Forces and Afghan Commandos in a partnered raid,” a statement by USFOR-A said.

The statement further added “Under Operation Freedom’s Sentinel authority, the counterterror mission was planned and launched after evidence of terrorist activity was confirmed.”

According to USFOR-A, at least enemy combatants were killed as a result of the operation and there were no other injuries or damage was observed or reported.

“Through Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, the U.S. continues its counterterrorism mission. The U.S. partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is highly effective and critical to the fight against terrorism and ensuring peace and stability in the region,” the statement added.

Ali Haidar was kidnapped by gunmen during an attack in Farrkhabad, near the Matital Road in Multan, in May 2013.

His two associates were killed during the kidnapping which took place on 9th May as he was contesting for the general election from PPP-200 constituency in Multan., according to the reports.

The family of Gilani is reported to be one of the most powerful in the central town of Multan and a key clan in the PPP, whose campaign for re-election had been dramatically curtailed by Tehrik-i-Taliban threats at the time. K-P


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