Saturday, September 25, 2010

PFUJ seeks recovery of kidnapped French journalists

PFUJ seeks recovery of kidnapped French journalists

ISLAMABAD, Sept 25: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed concern over continuous detention of two French journalists who were abducted by the Taliban militants in Afghanistan late last year and demanded for their immediate release.

The PFUJ expressed soldiery with the journalists and vowed that they are with them and fully support their cause for safety and honourbale release.

The PFUJ urged all those forces who can play role for peaceful release and safety of the kidnapped French journalists to come forward at this critical juncture and contribute to the recovery of the media persons.

According to reports reaching the PFUJ Secretariat, the kidnapped journalists are alive and in good health.

The reporters were kidnapped with three Afghan assistants in Kapisa province north-east of Kabul earlier this week, officials said.

A spokesman for the journalists' employer, French TV Channel FR3, said they were in good condition.

"The two French journalists appear to be alive, in good health and being well treated," said the source.

There was no word, however, on the condition of the three Afghans.

Suspected Taliban militants ambushed the reporters as they were being driven through the war-torn region between Surobi and Tagab.

Italian news agency Ansa quoted a spokesman for the local Afghan governor as saying the group had been taken to a remote Taliban stronghold.

The spokesman named as Alim Ayar told Ansa that efforts were under way to secure release of the hostages with the help of tribal elders.

The Taliban and other insurgent groups operate in Kapisa province. French troops are also stationed there as part of the Nato-led force.

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