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Pak Cabinet asks Afghanistan to ensure release of Taliban-kidnapped kids

Islamabad, Fri, 09 Sep 2011 ANI

Islamabad, Sept 9(ANI): The Pakistan cabinet has asked Afghanistan to help secure the release of over 30 Pakistani children kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban and allegedly detained in Afghanistan's Kunar province.


However, no further headway has been made since the Pakistan Foreign Office took up the issue with its Afghan counterpart, The Express Tribune reports.


The boys, from Bajaur tribal region, were abducted after they mistakenly crossed the border into Afghanistan over a week ago.


The federal cabinet has condemned the abduction of the children, and asked the Afghan Government to ensure their release at the earliest.


The statement issued after the cabinet meeting, however, avoided directly blaming Kabul or international forces stationed in Afghanistan for failing to control militant activities.


The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the children's abduction, which they said was in retaliation against their parents and tribesmen's support to the Pakistan military in the country's troubled northwest region.


They demanded that the government should release children and women languishing in various prisons, stop instigating tribesmen to form anti-Taliban lashkars and disband such lashkars and 'peace committees' in Bajaur.


They also threatened that the lives of the kidnapped children could be at risk, if the demands were not met. (ANI)


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