Awais Shah has been freed after Pakistani security forces intercepted his kidnappers as they tried to smuggle him in to Afghanistan. Shah, the son of Sindh’s Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was abducted from Karachi on the 20th of June. It is believed the group responsible was a ‘TTP splinter group with some Al Qaeda elements.’

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From Euronews and Reuters

Kidnapped Pakistani judge’s son found bound in chains

Pakistani soldiers rescued the kidnapped son of a senior judge from his Taliban captors on Tuesday, after finding him bound in chains with his mouth taped shut and wearing in an all-enveloping burqa to hide his identity, the army spokesman said.

Awais Shah, the son of Sindh provincial Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was kidnapped from outside a supermarket in the southern port city of Karachi on June 21.

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From NBC News

Awais Shah Kidnapping: Son of Pakistan Judge Found Hidden Under Burqa

The kidnapped son of a powerful Pakistani judge was found hidden under a burqa as his abductors tried to sneak him across the border to Afghanistan, the army announced Tuesday.

Pakistani Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa said Awais Shah — who had been missing a month — was discovered bound and gagged in a back of an SUV after a firefight in the lawless northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province at around 2 a.m. (5 p.m. ET Monday).

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From Dawn

TTP splinter group, Al Qaeda elements behind Awais Shah kidnapping: DG ISPR

Bajwa said a figure in a burqa was found in the backseat of the vehicle after gunmen from the security forces shot the driver and two armed militants in order to stop a suspicious blue Toyota Surf that refused to halt at the checkpoint. The burqa-clad figure was identified as Awais Shah, blindfolded, with his hands and feet chained and tape across his mouth.

“He was in a burqa. When we lifted it, he was under it and he had tape on his mouth. It was removed and he said ‘My name is Awais Shah and I’m the son of the Sindh High Court Chief Justice’. Security forces then took Shah to a nearby camp where we cut his chains.”

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