British journalist kidnapped in Pakistan released

17:12, September 09, 2010      

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A British journalist named Asad Qureshi who was kidnapped by Punjabi Taliban in Pakistan on March 26, 2010 was released Thursday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Dawn News.

According to the report, the kidnapped Asad Qureshi was released by Taliban in the country's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan.

Asad Qureshi, a British citizen with Pakistani origin, was abducted together with other two former Pakistani intelligence officers in North Waziristan while reportedly making a documentary on U.S. drone strikes in the area.

One of the two Pakistani intelligence officers was later killed by the abductors on espionage charges and the other intelligence officer is still in the hands of Taliban.

It is not known yet whether or not the other intelligence officer has been released together with the British journalist.

It is reported that the abductors belonging to the Punjabi Taliban also known as Asian Tigers once demanded a 10-million-U.S. dollar ransom for the release of the kidnapped British journalist.

So far it is not clear under what conditions the kidnapped British journalist has been released.

Source: Xinhua


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