Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada said on Friday that Shahbaz Taseer, son of ex-Punjab governor late Salman Taseer, and Ali Haider Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, are held captive inside Afghanistan, according to a private media outlet.
While replying to a question in the Punjab Assembly, the provincial home minister said that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has raised the issue of their release with the Afghan government.
Shahbaz Taseer was abducted from Lahore in August 2011 while Ali Haider was kidnapped from Multan in May 2013. Since their abduction it was widely believed that both of them were held in North Waziristan, where Pakistan Army launched operation Zarb-e-Azb in June last year.
Khanzada said that suspects from KPK are involved in almost 95 percent of the cases of kidnapping for ransom in the province.