Pakistan militants admit kidnapping former prime minister's son


PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A Taliban-linked militant group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the May 9 kidnapping of the son of ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

The Al-Mansoorian Brigade said it was still holding Ali Haider Gilani, who was grabbed at gunpoint at a political rally in Punjab province.

“He is with us,” brigade spokesman Abu Yazeed Mansoor told NBC News, adding that Gilani was “safe and sound.”

Gilani, who was a member of his father’s liberal PPP party, had been running for a seat in the Punjab provincial assembly.

His father served four years as Prime Minister of Pakistan but was ousted in June 2012 as part of a Supreme Court ruling that disqualified him from office after he refused to re-open corruption charges against then-President Asif Ali Zardari.

The Taliban has previously said it would disrupt the activities of “secular” parties in Pakistan.