Senior Pakistan minister Abaidullah Baig was allegedly abducted, along with two others, from Gilgit-Baltistan region in northern Pakistan by armed men belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Friday afternoon. He was released after negotiations with the militants on Saturday.
Abaidullah Baig is a senior minister in the Pakistan government. (Photo: Twitter)
By India Today Web Desk: A senior minister of former Prime Minister Imran Khans Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Party was allegedly abducted, along with two others, from Gilgit-Baltistan region in northern Pakistan by armed men belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Friday afternoon.
The minister and the tourists were released on Saturday after negotiations with the militants, who have been demanding the release of their jailed accomplices, showed a video clip released by the abducted minister Abaidullah Baig.
In the video clip making the rounds on social media, Baig said he was kidnapped while he was on his way from Islamabad to Gilgit by militants, who set up blockades on one of the major arterial roads linking Pakistan’s restive provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) with Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
Habibur Rahman, Gilgit-Baltistans most wanted militant commander, who was accused of killing 10 foreigners in Nanga Parbat, and his accomplices blocked the road in Thak village of Chilas in Diamer around 4pm on Friday, leaving travellers on both sides stranded, a source total Dawn newspaper, a well-known daily in Pakistan.
According to sources, the militants were demanding the release of their accomplices, including those involved in the gruesome murder of foreigners in the Nanga Parbat area and other terrorist incidents in Diamer. The militants have also demanded the “imposition of Islamic laws, with no women sports activities” in the province.
While the minister was under militant custody, Faizullah, a former spokesperson of the Gilgit-Baltistan government, said he had spoken to Abaid Ullah Baig and talks were underway for his release.
Meanwhile, Geo TV, a broadcast agency in Pakistan, reported that Baig, who was abducted from Babusar Road in Gilgit-Baltistan, has reached home.
Baig was elected from Hunza in the northern part of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan on a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) ticket.
The incident surfaced as Pakistan senators on Friday sounded an alarm over the surge in terrorist activities by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), while a senator sought a briefing over a recent threat alert issued by the interior ministry about the heightened risk of terrorist attacks by the banned outfit.
The interior ministry had recently issued an alert over the increasing threat of terrorist attacks by the group or its factions after talks with the TTP did not fetch anything fruitful.
(With inputs from PTI)