Lahore: Gen Tariq’s son-in-law recovered
LAHORE: Amir Aftab Malik, a local jeweller and son-in-law of former chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majeed, was recovered by law-enforcement agencies on Thursday. Sources said Amir Malik was recovered from North Waziristan as a result of successful talks between militants and law–enforcement agencies. He will reach his home in the next 48 hours, they added.
Aftab Malik, the father of victim, confirmed to reporters outside his residence in Garden Town that his son had been recovered but said that he had not reached home yet. He said he was not aware about payment of any ransom to anyone by the authorities. He said he was not even aware of his location at the moment. He said daughters of Amir Malik had also been informed about his recovery.
“We have passed through a real tough time since the abduction of Amir,” Aftab Malik added. SSP Investigation Abdul Razzaq Cheema said they had heard about the recovery of Amir Malik. He said they would interrogate him once he returns home to complete the legal process. He said the investigation would help police identify the real culprits.
Malik, 35, who was also the President of Barkat Market Traders Union in Garden Town, Lahore, was kidnapped by alleged terrorists on Aug 25, 2010 from his Faisal Town residence. After about three months of his abduction, a videotape was released by the kidnapers. In the videotape message, showing masked militants holding Kalashnikovs in the background, Amir had stated that his kidnappers wanted to be paid Rs130 million ransom and sought the release of 153 militants being held in various prisons across Pakistan. According to the tape, he was in the custody of Tehreek–e–Taliban group.