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Post time 2008-9-4 10:53:25 |Display all floors
(Agencies)
Updated: 2008-09-04 07:23

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Taliban said on Wednesday they would not kill two Chinese engineers and two Pakistanis they have been holding since last week, but they would not release them unless unspecified demands were met.

Two Chinese telecommunication engineers and a Pakistani driver and guard were kidnapped near the Afghan border on Friday when they were returning to a guest house after repairing a telecommunications tower.

A Taliban spokesman said on Tuesday they were holding the four.

A Taliban spokesman in the northwest said the four would be held until Taliban demands were met, although he declined to say what the demands were, adding that the Taliban were awaiting an approach from the government.

"There's no plan to kill them. If the government does not listen to us or contact us, then they'll remain detained," said the militant spokesman, Muslim Khan.

The militants have been pressing for enforcement of hardline Taliban-style rule and have in the past demanded an end to military operations against them and the release of their captured comrades.

The four were abducted in Dir, a mountainous region that borders Afghanistan as well as the Pakistani tribal region of Bajaur and the Swat Valley, where security forces have been fighting al Qaeda and Taliban militants.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday the government was seeking to clarify what happened.

"We have already asked Pakistan to make every effort in a search and to ensure the safety of the lives of the two individuals," a ministry spokeswoman said.

Militants have targeted Chinese nationals in Pakistan's northwest in the past.

Two Chinese engineers working on a hydro-electric project were kidnapped by militants in October 2004. One of the hostages and a militant commander were killed in a rescue operation.

Such incidents add to worry among foreigners about their security in Pakistan but there has been no rush to leave.

"Everything is OK. We haven't even taken the first step of asking foreign staff to send their families back," said a UN official, who declined to be identified.

But security is tight for staff travelling to the violence-plagued northwest.

"Our foreign staff do travel quite frequently so we inform the government about their travel plans and they provide security," the official said.

Violence has surged in Pakistan, especially in the northwest, in recent weeks after militants suspended talks with a new civilian government in June and vowed attacks across the country.

In response, security forces launched military operations in the Bajaur and Swat regions and the Interior Ministry said this week more than 550 militants, including foreigners, had been killed in recent clashes.

Last week, the government announced a suspension of military operations in the northwest for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan though a top official said security forces would respond with full force if attacked.
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Post time 2008-9-4 11:03:25 |Display all floors

Release Chinese citizens!

And do not kidnap Chinese citizens. I hope Beijing will not negotiate with these inbred mongrels.
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Post time 2008-9-4 11:52:24 |Display all floors
Originally posted by cestmoi at 2008-9-4 12:03
And do not kidnap Chinese citizens. I hope Beijing will not negotiate with these inbred mongrels.



I couldn't agree more.

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Post time 2008-9-4 21:36:29 |Display all floors
I support what c'est moi and satsu said, the only good taliban is a dead one and it matters not where the hostage is from, it's ultimate cowardice and is as offensive to allah as it is to the Christian God. Maybe they're trying to "curry favour" with China and a bit of financial and logistical support. I doubt, in the extreme, that the Chinese leadership is that stupid and I sincerely hope that the hostages are returned safely to their country and loved ones, soon!

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Post time 2008-9-18 16:04:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by exportedkiwi at 2008-9-4 21:36
I support what c'est moi and satsu said, the only good taliban is a dead one and it matters not where the hostage is from, it's ultimate cowardice and is as offensive to allah as it is to the Chris ...


Right. China will not swallow the bait. Taliban, Keep your bloody hands away from chinese, or you will regret.

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Post time 2008-9-23 10:12:34 |Display all floors
im a pakistani n everybody here in pakistan consider chinese as their brothers and no pakistani can even think of hurting a chinese .plz remember dat their r many ppl, countries and agencies who wants to damage the brotherly   relationships dat our two countries and its ppl share .i hope u understand me dat our enemies r same n its not difficult 4 them to hire afghanis or ne other beird man n potrey them as muslims or talibans.hate talibans may allah destroy them n all the enemies.love pakistan love china.pak china frndz 4ever.gudbye tc.

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Post time 2008-9-25 20:30:26 |Display all floors

So... no news is good news?

I see that the Usual Gang for Forumites have not weighed in on the issue - much like when Somalis hijacked Chinese ships.  "Loyal Sons and Daughters of China" indeed.

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