Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pakistan Militants Free Kidnapped British Film Maker

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pakistan Militants Free Kidnapped British Film Maker

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Byline: Terry Kirby

A BRITISH documentary film maker who has been held hostage by a militant group in Pakistan's tribal belt for more than five months has been released, the British High Commission in Islamabad said today.

Asad Qureshi was working on a film about the Taliban in Pakistan for Channel 4 when he was abducted in the lawless Pasthun area of North Waziristan by a previously unknown group calling itself the Asian Tigers.

A High Commission spokesman said today: "We can confirm that Asad Qureshi has been released and our team are providing him with assistance."

According to reports today the negotiations for Mr Qureshi's release were handled by his relatives. He is believed to have arrived back in Islamabad.

Mr Qureshi was taken hostage on March 26 during an attempt to interview the Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud. He was travelling with two former Pakistani secret intelligence service officials, both said to have extensive links with the militants that date back to the origins of the USbacked Mujahideen resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. …

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