Awais Shah says was kept blindfolded throughout captivity: report


Sindh High Court chief justice’s son Barrister Awais Ali Shah has revealed that his abductors tried to leave Karachi during Eid holidays but couldn’t succeed in doing so and that he was kept blindfolded throughout the ordeal, a private news channel reported on Wednesday.

The kidnapped son of SHC Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was recovered after an intelligence-based operation at Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa early on Tuesday.

Shah recorded his initial statement with the law enforcement agencies on Tuesday following his release.

The channel said that Shah told the security officials that his abductors put a gun to his leg when he tried to resist them at the time of abduction. “One of them even threatened to kill me,” Shah was quoted as saying.

According to Shah’s statement, he was initially kept in Karachi by his abductors.

“I was kept blindfolded throughout the ordeal and was only allowed to remove the folds when I had to use the washroom,” said Shah in his statement.

Shah was then shifted to interior Sindh where he was kept for a few days before being taken to Dera Ismail Khan from where his captors handed him over to another group which tried to take Shah further, the channel’s sources revealed.

The sources further said that on the day of his recovery, Shah was being transported to another location. His captors boarded him on a vehicle, two of whom flanked him on the rear seat. Soon as the vehicle started its journey firing started and security personnel took out the suspects and freed Awais Shah from their custody.

Director General ISPR Lt. General Asim Bajwa disclosed Shah’s recovery on Tuesday through a pre-dawn tweet. Three terrorists were also killed during the operation.