first_img“You can take the miracle how you want,” he said, and”You can take the miracle how you want,” he said, and describes himself as “walking back from the dead to celebrate my father.””You forget the faces of the people you love,” Shahbaz said, “and then suddenly you have your life back. Its such an amazing feeling. To see my wife, To have breakfast with my mother, drive with my brother or to watch a football game with friends.”Shahbazs abduction came some seven months after his father was killed by his own police guard Mumtaz Qadri for seeking reforms in Pakistans controversial blasphemy laws.Just 10 days before Shahbaz was recovered, Qadri was hanged on February 29 at Adiala Jail Rawalpindi after President Mamnoon Hussain rejected his mercy plea.Shahbaz said his new captors, the Taliban were not interested in a ransom but instead “sentenced” him to further jail time, before he “met someone there who helped release me.”He said he had been sentenced and jailed for two years, but his fortunes took an unexpected turn when he was freed by a member of the Afghan Taliban.”Its insane you can find humanity where there is none,” Shahbaz said.He said that he trekked from the central Afghan province of Uruzgan to the outskirts of southwestern Pakistan town of Kuchlak in Quetta, where he was able to call up his mother following which he was recovered by security forces.Sporting long hair and a straggly beard, Shahbaz was unrecognisable, suspected of being a member of the Afghan Taliban himself. He was refused help and then serendipitously was pitied by an actual Afghan Taliban who offered him his phone.advertisement”It came out of the blue and with such urgency, I couldnt believe it!” his mother Aamna Taseer said as she praised her brave son.”When I was with my kids, I wept for the first time in four and a half years.”The wait was finally over,” she said. PTI SH SAI AKJ SAIlast_img

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