Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday directed interior ministry officials to secure the early release of a Chinese tourist abducted from the country`s northwestern region reportedly by the Taliben, media reported.
Sharif issued directives to the interior ministry and other concerned authorities to effect quick coordination between the security departments for securing early release of the abducted tourist, Xinhua reported
Earlier Tuesday, a Taliban group claimed responsibility for kidnapping the tourist in Pakistan while he was travelling from Lahore to Balochistan, media reported.
Hong Xu Dong was kidnapped Monday from Darban area of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dawn online reported.
Abdullah Bahar, leader of the Taliban group, said they have kidnapped the Chinese tourist from Darban and he was in their custody and has been shifted to a safe area.
Bahar said the Chinese tourist was kidnapped to force Pakistani authorities to release Taliban militants in their custody.
Security forces have recovered Dong`s belongings from the spot from where he was abducted.