Pakistani academic Ajmal Khan is offered sweets by a colleague following a press conference in Peshawar a day after his recovery from the Taliban was secured, August 29, 2014. (AFP Photo/A Majeed)
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The Pakistani Taliban abducted Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of Islamia College University Peshawar, the capital of northwestern troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in September 2010 .Khan, 63, was similarly reluctant to discuss details of his release but said he was delighted to be reunited with his family.Government officials said despite many rounds of back-channel talks in the past, Taliban had refused to release Khan, demanding the release of important Taliban commanders held by security forces.Khan said he got used to life in the remote locations where he was held and had even helped educate the militants' youngsters.Pakistan rights activists, university teaching staff and students in the northwest had protested against Khan's kidnapping many times but all efforts to recover him were futile.
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