Shahbaz Taseer says was badly tortured during captivity

Shahbaz Taseer, the son of slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, who was recovered in March after being held by kidnappers for over four years, said on Monday that he was badly tortured during his years in captivity of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

Talking to BBC Urdu, Shahbaz revealed that he was with IMU until the group fought with Afghan Taliban on the dispute over allegiance as IMU did not consider ‘Khilafah’ established by Afghan Taliban as legitimate and wanted to ally themselves with self-styled Islamic State (IS) group.

During the interview, Shahbaz claimed that he was badly tortured during his captivity adding that his captors used to flog him and many a times removed his nails and cut his other body parts.

“They abducted me from Lahore and took me to Waziristan’s Mir Ali area and used to shift my location every month from there,” said Shahbaz.

“When these Uzbeks attacked Karachi airport I was there in Mir Ali, but as they knew how Pakistan’s government and army will respond, they shifted me to Datta Khel, I was there till February 2015,” Taseer told BBC.

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