PESHAWAR- Central leader of Awami National Party (ANP) and Kasi clan chief Arbab Abdul Zahir Kasi, was recovered from Peshawar today morning.

Armed militants had kidnapped Arbab Zahir Kasi from Patel road area of Quetta on October 23 last year.

ANP Balochistan President Asghar Khan Achakzai told media that Kasi had been recovered and reached Peshawar after spending a year in captivity. It was yet to be confirmed that whether Kasi's family had paid the ransom or he was recovered by security forces during an operation.

Kasi's captors had demanded a huge amount of ransom from his family soon after the kidnapping; however, his son Nawabzada Omar Kasi had refused to pay the ransom amount. Kasi’s driver had told the police that the attackers also roughed him up and snatched away the keys of the car and his cell phone.

A large number of ANP supporters and elders of Kasi tribe gathered at Arbab's residence located on Khudaidad Road of Quetta after reports broke about his recovery.