Kidnappers free Col Imam, Qureshi

Colonel Imam, the former intelligence official and British journalist Asad Qureshi, abducted by an alleged militant group of North Waziristan last month, were released here in the wee hours of Thursday.

Both the abductees were freed after a jirga of local religious leaders and tribal elders held today to decide their unconditional release.

Colonel Imam, another former ISI official Khalid Khwaja and Asad Qureshi were kidnapped on March 26, 2010 by a group. However, Khwaja was killed by the kidnappers in a northwest tribal region.

His body was found on the road between Miran Shah and Mir Ali. He had been shot in the head and chest, and a note attached to his body accused him of being an American spy.

Soon after, a previously unknown militant group calling itself the Asian Tigers claimed to be holding the men in a video delivered to local media. Any demands they had were not made public.

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