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British journalist held in Pakistan released: embassy

world Updated: Sep 09, 2010 14:48 IST

A British journalist held captive by Islamist extremists in the militant-hit northwest of Pakistan has been released, the British embassy confirmed on Thursday.

"We can confirm Asad Qureshi has been released and our consular team are providing him with consular assistance," said George Shrriff, a spokesman for the British High Commission in Islamabad, giving no further details.