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Rescued son of Pakistan's ex-PM to be flown home from Kabul

  • Jamal Uddin, 6, celebrates the release of his father Ali Haider Gilani in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. A joint raid by U.S. and Afghan forces on Tuesday rescued the son of a former Pakistani prime minister who was held captive for three years by Islamic militants, officials said. Gilani was found during the raid near Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, according to a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Jamal Uddin, 6, celebrates the release of his father Ali Haider Gilani in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. A joint raid by U.S. and Afghan forces on Tuesday rescued the son of a former Pakistani prime minister who was held captive for three years by Islamic militants, officials said. Gilani was found during the raid near Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, according to a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistan's former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, center, is greeted by supporters upon arrival at his residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. A joint raid by U.S. and Afghan forces on Tuesday his son who was held captive for three years by Islamic militants, officials said. Ali Haider Gilani was found during the raid near Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, according to a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistan's former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, center, is greeted by supporters upon arrival at his residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. A joint raid by U.S. and Afghan forces on Tuesday his son who was held captive for three years by Islamic militants, officials said. Ali Haider Gilani was found during the raid near Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, according to a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • People watch news about the release of Ali Haider Gilani at a shop in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. A joint raid by U.S. and Afghan forces on Tuesday rescued the son of a former Pakistani prime minister from a three-year-long Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, officials said. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    People watch news about the release of Ali Haider Gilani at a shop in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. A joint raid by U.S. and Afghan forces on Tuesday rescued the son of a former Pakistani prime minister from a three-year-long Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, officials said. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)  (The Associated Press)

The son of a former Pakistani prime minister who was freed from kidnappers in a dramatic military rescue in Afghanistan has been handed over to Pakistan's ambassador in Kabul.

Ali Haidar Gilani arrived at the Afghan Ministry of Defense in Kabul by helicopter on Wednesday morning where he was greeted by Pakistani Ambassador Abrar Hussain. He is expected soon to be flown home to Pakistan.

Gilani was rescued during a joint U.S. -Afghan commando raid on an al-Qaida compound near the Pakistani border on Tuesday, after three years of captivity. He spent the night at a military base, undergoing medical check-ups.

At the Kabul ministry, he thanked Afghan forces for "their sacrifice for someone from another country."

His father, Yusuf Raza Gilani served as prime minister from 2008 to 2012.