Pakistan army rescues chief justice’s son, kidnapped in June

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s military says troops have rescued a chief justice’s son kidnapped last month in southern Sindh province.

Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa says Tuesday’s pre-dawn operation took place in the town of Dera Ismail Khan, in the northwest, as the captors were transporting their hostage, Awais Shah, in a car.

Bajwa says Shah is safe and was later brought by plane to the city of Karachi. Pakistani TV broadcast footage showing Shah arriving at his home in Karachi.

Shah’s father, Sajjad Ali Shah, the chief justice in Sindh, praised the rescue.

Such operations are not uncommon in the region.

In May, a joint U.S.-Afghan forces’ raid on Islamic militants unexpectedly found and rescued the son of a former Pakistani prime minister who had been abducted three years ago.