I was in Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan captivity: Shahbaz Taseer


LAHORE: The son of slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, Shahbaz Taseer who was recovered in March after being held captive for over four years, said he was with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) who tortured him badly during captivity.


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.

“Following the dispute, Afghan Taliban attacked the Uzbeks and eliminated their whole group — their leadership. For three days, only death lived there.

“At that time I got an opportunity to escape and did so, but Afghan Taliban took me for an Uzbek and captured me. I was kept with other prisoners and then they took us to a village where a judge came and awarded sentences from 6 months to 2 years and we were sent to an Afghan jail.

“There i met a fellow Taliban prisoner who helped my release, it took him two to three months but he paved the way for my release” said Taseer.

Shahbaz added that he travelled from Afghanistan to Kuchlak on a motorbike, which took eight days, adding that he could not tell if they did not know who he was, and whether he is moving towards his freedom or this was some trap.

During the tell-all 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 Meer Ali area and used to shift my location every month from there,” said Shahbaz.

“When these Uzbeks attacked Karachi airport I was there in Meer 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 said.