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Updated: May 11, 2010 09:13 IST

British hostage in Pakistan seeks help in video appeal

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Pakistani villagers gather around the body of Khalid Khawaja, a former Pakistani intelligence officer, in Karamkot, North Waziristan, Pakistan. Khawaja went missing in late March with another ex-intelligence official called Sultan Amir Tarar and a filmmaker. File photo: AP.
Pakistani villagers gather around the body of Khalid Khawaja, a former Pakistani intelligence officer, in Karamkot, North Waziristan, Pakistan. Khawaja went missing in late March with another ex-intelligence official called Sultan Amir Tarar and a filmmaker. File photo: AP.

A British hostage of Pakistani origin has appeared in a video in which he appeals for help to raise the ransom of $10 million demanded by his captors, a militant group calling itself Asian Tigers

Speaking in the video obtained by the Rome—based news agency Adnkronos International AKI, Asad Qureshi, a journalist and documentary—maker, said the group have set May 15 as the deadline by which the ransom must be paid.

The video appeared to contradict reports last week that Mr. Qureshi together with a fellow hostage, Sultan Amir Tarar had been released following pressure exerted on their captors by Afghan Taliban fighters, AKI reported.

Mr. Tarar, together with another alleged former Pakistani intelligence official, Khaled Khwaja, and Mr. Qureshi were abducted on March 26 in Pakistan’s volatile North Waziristan region close to Afghanistan.

The Asian Tigers, a previously unknown group, reportedly killed Khwaja on April 30.

In the video, Mr. Qureshi says he is in good health and that he doesn’t know where he is being held.

He urges that his employer be contacted and made aware of his “predicament”.

Mr. Qureshi said his captors had given him 10 days to arrange the money. He said he had urged them to extend this period to 15 days.

“Please help me raise the amount,” he said. He described the Asian Tigers as a “very strong force.”

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