LAHORE - Ali Haider Gilani yesterday made a brief appearance before the media outside his home in Lahore but refused to share details of his captivity in Afghanistan.

“It’s a very long story. I just want to thank everyone who prayed for my safe return”, he said, adding, he felt great after he was rescued by the forces.  On question if he would continue to support beard, he just contented to state that he was very close to God even before going into the hands of Taliban.

Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who accompanied Ali Haider Gilani termed his son’s release a miracle and thanked the US and Afghan forces for his son’s release. He said that his son had written an account of his days in Taliban’s custody but it was destroyed in a fire incident. But he did not give any details about how it had happened.

To a question, he said that he was disqualified despite being an elected Prime Minister. It is now the turn of Mian Nawaz Sharif to clarify his position in the Parliament, he added.   Gilani said some 8,000 persons had benefitted from the NRO, but none faced any action. “It is only me who has been victimised even though I am not a beneficiary”, he noted.  Also, Bilawal Bhutto visited Gilani House for the second day but he did not talk to the media.  Party sources said that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton telephoned Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday to congratulate him on his son’s release from Taliban.