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Sharmila demands release of Prof Ajmal, Shahbaz Taseer, Ali Haider

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KARACHI: Pakistan People Party (PPP)’s Sindh Parliamentarian Sharmila Faoorqi on Monday demanded early release of Prof Ajmal Khan, the Vicec Chancellor of Islamia College University Peshawar, Shahbaz Taseer the son of the slain governor of Punjab Salman Taseer and Ali Haider Gilani the son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from the Taliban captives.She alleged federal government has not even persuaded the release of these captives. On Sunday Coordinator of Taliban negotiating Maulana Yousaf Shah revealed on television government negotiating committee never demanded the release of these civilian captives under the custody of Taliban. “If Yousaf Shah did not tell the reality, we would have been in state of good faith that talks were underway on these captives,” she added.Speaking on point of order at the floor of Sindh Assembly, Sharmila urged House it should demand again to the federal government for the early release of captives from Taliban.Few days back Sindh Assembly unanimously passed the resolution, which strongly recommended to the federal government to ensure the safe release of these captives.She retreated Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan should make it clear whether he was Interior Minister of Pakistan or Taliban.In a statement Nisar told in first phase 19 captives of Tailban were released, 13 more are in the process. Nisar also told in second phase more than 30 captives of Taliban would also be released.She said Taliban captives were being release on the basis of ‘soft-combatant’ and ‘non-combatant.’Criticising on Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) she said under this law, who would be caught by federal government. Government is releasing those who are involved in killing of fifty thousand innocent people and those who made football of our martyred soldiers’ heads. This law would catch the people like you and me, she told the House. Those who attacked our mosques and innocent people, attacked Malala Yousafzai were being left, which was a regrettable and shameful thing, she said.

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