Pakistani Taliban want swap with abducted children
ASAD ABAD (PAN): The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Bajaur, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions of Pakistan, on Tuesday demanded the release of their jailed comrades from the Pakistani government in return for the release of 25 children in their captivity.
The insurgents had abducted 40 children who mistakenly crossed into Afghanistan's Kunar province from Bajaur during an outing on the second day of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The kidnappers later released some of children aged below 12 years and held captive 25 others.
The TTP had already claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, saying they held the children hostage in bordering areas near Bajaur.
Several reporters from Kunar visited the area to meet the kidnapped boys and TTP members.
Living with the kidnapped youth in a house, a TTP local commander Maulvi Dadullah told Pajhwok Afghan News if their demands were not met, they would continue the kidnapping process.
"If relatives of these children do not stop supporting the Pakistani government, we would not release them," he warned.
The kidnappers had earlier said the kidnapped children belonged to areas where anti-Taliban militias had been raised to fight against them in support of the government forces.
One of the children, Fazal Rabbi, 20, said they were treated well in captivity and given three times meal and had not been tortured yet.
Fazal demanded of the government to accept the Taliban's conditions and urged local elders to cut off relations with the government.
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