Pak militant group threatens to kill ISI officers, journalist



Islamabad: A little-known pro-Taliban militant group that is holding two former ISI officers and a British journalist of Pakistani-origin has threatened to execute them if its demands are not met within 10 days.

The group calling itself the Asian Tigers recently released a video of former ISI officials Colonel Imam alias Sultan Amir Tarar and Khalid Khwaja and journalist Asad Qureshi.

An email sent by the group to the Pakistani media demanded the release of top Afghan Taliban leaders Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Mullah Mansoor Dadullah and Maulavi Kabir.

The group has also reportedly demanded USD 10 million as ransom for Qureshi. The Asian Tigers said in the video that the hostages would be killed if its demands were not met within 10 days.

The group said the former ISI officials were "in Taliban custody" and described them as "enemy of Islam and Muslims".

It also said it would issue a list of "other mujahideen" it want to be released within a few days.

The three men had gone missing after travelling to North Waziristan on March 25 to interview Taliban leaders.

They were working on a documentary and were reportedly invited to the tribal areas by Punjabi Taliban militants.

PTI