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On terror firma

Shahbaz Taseer's book is a gripping account of his abduction by Islamic militants in Lahore and years of captivity under the Taliban in Afghanistan-a nightmare from which he miraculously emerged alive

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Veenu Sandhu
Lost to the World: A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Five Years in Terrorist Captivity
Author: Shahbaz Taseer
Publisher: Penguin Viking
Pages: 274
Price: Rs 599

The horror of it hits you in the very first chapter. The stench leaps out of the pages. A mud-walled room with straw and animal faeces scattered on the dirt floor, and sprawled on it a man with his hands and feet bound with metal cuffs — beaten, bruised and drugged repeatedly with ketamine, a horse tranquiliser.

This is no ordinary kidnapping. The people who have snatched him while he was driving to his office from home in Lahore

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First Published: Jun 22 2023 | 10:23 PM IST

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