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Abducted Pak-origin British journalist freed by militants

world Updated: Sep 09, 2010 21:58 IST

A British journalist of Pakistani origin, who was abducted along with two former ISI officials by militants in Pakistan's restive tribal belt, has been released, officials said on Thursday.

Journalist Asad Qureshi, his driver and former ISI officials Khalid Khwaja and Colonel Imam alias Sultan Amir Tarar were abducted in late March while travelling to North Waziristan to make a film on militancy for Britain's Channel 4.

Khwaja was killed by his abductors in April. His body was found in the tribal belt with a note accusing him of being a spy for the US.

Officials of the British High Commission and the local administration in the tribal belt confirmed that Qureshi had been released. Officials in the northwest also said Qureshi's driver was released with him.

"We can confirm Asad Qureshi has been released and our consular team is providing him with consular assistance," said George Sherriff, a spokesman for the British High Commission.

He did not give details.

The fate of Colonel Imam, who at one time had close links with Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar, could not immediately be ascertained.

Both Imam and Khwaja had close links with the Taliban and other Islamists.

A hitherto unheard of group called the Asian Tigers had claimed responsibility for the abduction and killing of Khwaja.

Reports have said that the group comprises Punjabi Taliban fighters.