ISLAMABAD – Just when Imran Khan termed Taliban as ‘liberators’ for wanting to free Pakistan from US war, outlawed militant group refused to release high profile prisoners – sons of former Governor Punjab and former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The sources close to the negotiation committees claimed on Thursday that, Taliban have categorically refused to release Shahbaz Taseer s/o late Salman Taseer and Ali Musa Gilani s/o Yousuf Raza Gilani without giving any reasons.
However, the conditional release of professor Ajmal Khan, vice chancellor of a university, was acceptable to militant group. The condition was to release their two men currently in custody of Sindh government.
Source also claimed that accepting the offer of outlawed Taliban, government committees agreed to come back to them after consulting Sindh goverment for the release of their two men.
Source added “Taliban believed that the Sindh government is committing atrocities against their prisoners.”
The government committee further said that issues relating release of non-combatants prisoners should be dealt separately.
According to one senior journalist and former member of government-backed negotiation committee, Rahimullah Yousufzai, the release of Shahbaz Taseer and Ali Musa Gilani would not be possible because both of them were in custody of foreign militants groups. He said that most likely the handlers of Taseer and Gilani were Uzbek militants.
Prisoners of Taliban
On May 9 in 2013, armed assailants had kidnapped Ali Haider Gilani, son of the former premier. The incident had taken place at a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) corner meeting in Farrukhabad, near Matital Road in Multan.
Shahbaz Taseer, eldest son of the late Governor Punjab, was abducted from the Gulberg area of Lahore on August 26, 2011. Capital City Police Officer Lahore had said that his car was intercepted by a black SUV and motorbike around 600 yards from the office and up to three men had dragged Taseer out of the car and taken him away.
On September 7, 2010, vice-chancellor of the ICU Ajmal Khan was kidnapped from Peshawar while he was on his way to his office. Ajmal Khan is one of the senior most academicians of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and had been the principal of the historic Islamia College, provost and registrar of the University of Peshawar and VC of Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan.