Asia Briefs: Kidnapped son of ex-Pakistan PM freed

Kidnapped son of ex-Pakistan PM freed

KABUL • American and Afghan forces yesterday freed the kidnapped son of a former Pakistani prime minister during a counter-terrorism mission in eastern Afghanistan, three years after he was kidnapped in a hail of bullets.

Mr Ali Haider Gilani, son of Mr Yousaf Raza Gilani, "was rescued today in Giyan District of Paktika Province, Afghanistan, by US Special Operations Forces and Afghan Commandos in a partnered raid", Nato said in a statement from Kabul.

Mr Gilani, in his 30s, was abducted by militants in the outskirts of Multan, Punjab, in 2013, two days before a bitterly contested national election in which he was campaigning.


China's police seize fake jellyfish

HANGZHOU • More than a tonne of fake jellyfish to be consumed as seafood has been seized and the producers detained in eastern China, reports said.

Six suspects were detained in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, said a press statement issued by Huzhou police on social media platform WeChat last week.

Three chemicals - sodium alginate, calcium chloride and aluminium sulfate - were used to mimic the delicacy's gelatinous texture. There are high levels of aluminium in the mixture, 600mg to 800mg/kg, which is eight times China's legal limit, the BBC reported.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe