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Pakistani Governor's Son, Seized in 2011, Is Rescued by the Police

Newspaper article International New York Times

Pakistani Governor's Son, Seized in 2011, Is Rescued by the Police

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The police and intelligence agencies found Shahbaz Ali Taseer, the son of a former governor who was assassinated eight months before the kidnapping.

Pakistani officials said this week that the police and security forces had found Shahbaz Ali Taseer, the son of an assassinated governor, alive in southwestern Pakistan five years after militants kidnapped him in a mystery that had riveted Pakistan for years.

Mr. Taseer, now in his early 30s, was kidnapped by Islamist militants on Aug. 26, 2011, in Lahore. Eight months before the kidnapping, his father, Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab Province, was killed by one of his security guards, who had been outraged over Mr. Taseer's campaign to alter the country's harsh blasphemy laws.

The two episodes made the Taseers a public symbol of a Pakistani liberal establishment family that had been threatened by extremism. …

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