No clue of Brit filmmaker kidnapped in Pak

Thursday, April 8, 2010

LONDON - No group has claimed the responsibility for the abduction of a British documentary filmmaker, Asad Qureshi, who was kidnapped along with two former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) officials in North Waziristan earlier this week.

There are unconfirmed reports that there was another British civilian working in Qureshi’s team who has also been picked up by extremists in the region, which is believed to be a stronghold of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

One of the missing ex-ISI official is Colonel Imam, who is credited for creating the Taliban in the 1990s, The Guardian reports.

It is said that both Colonel Imam and Khalid Khawaja, who has also been abducted, worked with the mujahideen resisting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in the 1980s.

When enquired about the kidnapping a British Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “Officials at the British High Commission in Islamabad are urgently investigating reports that a British national is missing.”

According to sources, the kidnapping took place when Qureshi and the two ISI officials were on their way back after meeting with the Taliban leadership in tribal areas.

Qureshi is said to be making a documentary of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in North Waziristan, the most troubled region in Pakistan’s tribal region along the Afghan border. (ANI)

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