PESHAWAR, April 26: Militants have released a video of Mr Ali Haider Gilani, son of former Pakistani prime minister Mr Yousaf Raza Gilani, and demanded 2 billion rupees for his release.

Mr Ali Gilani said in the video that he was in custody of a militant group, not part of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. He also said that he would be killed if the demands of the captors were not fulfilled.

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said, however, that the militants had now lowered their ransom demand to 500 million rupees. He said that hopefully, Mr Ali Gilani would be freed soon.

Mr Ali Gilani was kidnapped on May 2, 2013 during an election rally in his hometown Multan. At the time of his abduction, in which his secretary and bodyguard had also been killed, a caretaker setup was in place to supervise the 2013 elections in the country.

Mr Gilani is among those people whose release is part of the agenda of the government and Taliban committees’ ongoing peace talks. The other two high-profile abductees are Mr Shahbaz Taseer, son of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, and Dr Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of the Islamia College University.

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