Family of slain PPP’s former governor Punjab devoured money given to them from taxpayers’ money for the release of kidnapped Shahbaz Taseer, claims daughter Sara Taseer.
In a shocking tweet, Sara Taseer has publicly alleged her family of devouring the taxpayer’s money on the pretext to save Shahbaz Taseer from the Taliban who had kidnapped Shahbaz Taseer. She said PPP had given 12 crores (1.2 million dollars) from the taxpayer’s money to Aamna Taseer- the wife of Salman Taseer, to pay the ransom amount for the release of son Shahbaz Taseer.
Let my words be crystal clear, I’m not in the habit of making vacant accusations. PPP government paid 12 crore of taxpayers money (1.2 million dollars at the time) to Aamna Taseer for ransom she may have to pay for Shahbaz. No ransom was paid & money has been pocketed. Full stop
— Sara Taseer (@sarataseer) February 24, 2020
She claims that, however, no ransom amount was paid and the money given by PPP was pocketed. She added that she is not making false or baseless accusations in her tweet. If believed, her accusations are baffling since that makes a huge amount of money was paid by PPP to the family of Salman Taseer for the release of Shahbaz Taseer.
Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped by militants, following the killing of his father, Salman Taseer in 2011. He was held in the captivity of militants for four years.
Following his release, Shahbaz Taseer said he was brutally tortured in captivity before he was released by a senior Afghan Taliban. He said he was initially kidnapped by Uzbek militants and later handed over to Afghan militants.
While explaining his ordeal, his first instinct was they were going to kill him
“They drugged me five minutes after abducting me. I passed out – they had beaten me up very badly because I was moving and screaming while being drugged,” said Shahbaz Taseer.
“I didn’t want a friendship. I was [categorical] – you’ve done this for money, you’ve ruined my life. You’re not going to find me being gracious at even a piece of bread you throw me,” claims Shahbaz Taseer to have said to his kidnappers.
“I found someone who was senior Afghan Taliban – he worked some magic, organized for me to meet a few motorcyclists who had no idea who I was. I just got on the back of the motorcycle and came to Pakistan.”
He said being back home, “to wake up and have breakfast with my mother, and see her face”, was “the most unbelievable feeling”, he said in his interview with the BBC.