Karzai appeal after kidnapping

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Pakistan's interior Minister Rehman Malik yesterday urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to help free around 30 young Pakistanis held captive by the Taliban.

The youths were abducted in Afghanistan four days ago after crossing into Kunar province on a day trip from their border villages in Bajur tribal region.

The Pakistani Taliban said it captured them because they belong to a tribe that set up a militia force backed by Pakistan's government to fight the militants. Afghan officials have said they were unaware of the kidnapping. AP