Inter-Service Public Relations Director General Lieutenant Asim Bajwa said that Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah’s son was abducted by the members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group.
“Barrister Awais Shah was recovered near Tank,” Asim Bajwa told reporters while addressing the media on Tuesday.
He said the intelligence-based operation (IBO) took place around 2:30am at Mufti Mehmood Chowk in Dera Ismail Khan near Tank district.
“A blue coloured vehicle tried to escape on the dual carriageway when soldier attempted to stop the car,” he said. “The driver was shot and died on the spot after which the car came to a halt.”
Asim Bajwa said three terrorists were killed in the operation.
“Forces approached the car and questioned the person inside the vehicle who was wearing a burqa and he said he was Awais Ali Shah,” he said, adding that: “when no response was heard, the veil was lifted and his mouth was taped and hands and feet chained.”
Bajwa revealed that three AK-47 assault rifles, six grenades and hundreds of bullets were recovered from the vehicle used by the terrorists.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appreciated the security forces for succeeding in the recovery of Awais Shah. He also congratulated Sindh Chief Justice on the recovery of his son.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif also commended efforts of Intelligence and security agencies for the successful operation. He called and congratulated Chief Justice Sindh on the recovery of his son.
Awais Ali Shah was abducted outside a supermarket in the city on June 20. Shah had put up a fight before being quickly overpowered and thrown into a white getaway car.
Last month, U.S. and Afghan forces freed Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, three years after gunmen abducted him.