Kidnapped Son of Top Pakistani Judge Rescued After Gun Battle


Security forces in Pakistan have rescued the son of a senior judge who was abducted in the city of Karachi last month, the military says.

Awais Ali Shah, a lawyer, was rescued early on Tuesday near Tank, a town close to Pakistan’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan, a spokesman said.

He was found in a car with his legs and hands bound and wearing a burqa.

Three militants were said to be killed in a shootout before he was rescued.

A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban was responsible for the kidnapping, the spokesman said.

They were moving Mr Shah at the time.

The kidnappers had contacted the family of Sindh provincial Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, he added, but did not provide details of what they demanded.

It has been reported that police suspected the kidnappers wanted to use the judge’s son as leverage in negotiations to free Islamist militants from jail.

Mr Shah was kidnapped on June 21 in an upscale Karachi neighbourhood.

Pakistan has been fighting the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) since 2007.

Other high-profile kidnappings have been carried out by militant groups in the country in recent years.

Shahbaz Taseer, the son of murdered Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was finally released in March after four years in captivity.

In May, Ali Haider Gilani, the son of a former prime minister, was rescued after being kidnapped in 2013.