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Afghan warlords demand ransom for Pakistani prisoners

Concluding that Pakistanis captured while fighting alongside the Taliban could be a lucrative source of cash, some anti-Taliban militiamen in northern Afghanistan have begun demanding ransom for their release.

About 3,000 Pakistanis are believed to be held captive under less than ideal conditions in Afghanistan, Pakistan's human rights commission said, adding it has begun compiling a list of Pakistanis missing in Afghanistan.

The commission believes that the practice of demanding ransom is restricted only to small-time warlords.

The ransom amount could go up to $5,000 for a prisoner, it said.

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