RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa today briefed media hours after recovery of Owais Shah, the son of Chief Justice Sindh High Court Sajjad Ali Shah.

He said a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group and some al Qaeda elements were involved in the kidnapping of Owais Shah, who was abducted last month from Karachi and reunited with his family in Karachi today.

The DG ISPR said, “Three terrorists were killed in the rescue operation carried out at around 2am tonight at Dera Ismail Khan-Tank road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, near Afghan border.”

Asim Bajwa shared details and pictures with media in the briefing, showing images of killed terrorists and Owais Shah during his recovery.

“In the light of some technical evidences of a movement, our agencies carried out several operations and ambushes in different areas. ISI was leading the operations,” he elaborated.

“We were alert and prepared last night for an intelligence based operation in Tank at midnight. The troops stopped a blue four-wheel vehicle at a check-post but its driver sped away, our gunman shot the driver and ultimately the car stopped. Two terrorists came out firing on troops but they were also shot down,” Bajwa said.

“The soldiers approached the vehicle and found a burqa-clad person. It was Awais Shah who was shackled and blind folded. They wanted to shift him to Afghanistan,” Bajwa said.

Replying a question regarding the abductors, he said they are yet to be identified.

“IBOs and combing operations are underway across the country to root out terrorism. We are committed and resolute in our efforts to fully eliminate terrorist network,” he said, urging media to play its role.

Director General of Inter Services Public Relations Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa in his tweet stated that Owais Shah was recovered through an Intelligence Based Operation from custody of terrorists near Tank. 3 terrorists killed. Owais Shah will be transported back to his parents during the day. 

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif commended intelligence and security forces for the conduct of successful recovery operation of the son of Chief Justice of Sindh High Court. COAS called the Chief Justice and congratulated him on safe recovery of his son.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also congratulated Justice Sajjad Ali Shah on the recovery of his son and praised security forces.

"The Prime Minister lauded the role of intelligence agencies and security forces in recovering Mr. Owais Shah and said that the professional and operational excellence of our security forces has made it possible for which they deserve immense appreciation," a statement issued by Sharif's office said.

Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul-Ebad-Khan telephoned the chief justice of Sindh High Court and felicitated him on his son’s recovery. He said that the terrorists failed to cross the border due to high security.