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Pakistani helicopter crashlands in Afghanistan, 7 held hostage

KABUL: Afghan Taliban hold all seven people as hostage by after a Punjab government helicopter made an emergency landing due to mechanical faults in Afghanistan on Thursday.

The Russian helicopter MI-17 carrying six Pakistanis and a pilot were traveling to Uzbekistan before it made crash landing in Afghanistan.

The pilot was set on fire by the Afghan Taliban, who also held Pakistani officials hostage.

Air Marshal (retd) Abid Rao said that the government must launch diplomatic efforts to rescue Pakistani engineers captured by Afghan Taliban.

According to source, a Russian pilot was among those held hostage by the Taliban.

Sources add that the plane was being sent to Uzbekistan for overhauling.