LAHORE - Former ISI spymaster Brigadier (r) Amir Sultan Tarar, also known as Colonel Imam, has been handed over to a tribal jirga after the concerted efforts by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, Sirajuddin Haqqani and other Taliban commanders while the British TV journalist Asad Qureshi is still awaiting release. Well-placed sources told this scribe on Saturday that Col Imam was handed over to a jirga on May 7, but the British journalist was still in the custody of the abductors. A mysterious organisation, 'Asian Tigers, had abducted Col Imam, Asad Qureshi and Khalid Khawaja on March 26 in North Waziristan and demanded the release of Taliban leaders including Mullah Baradar, Mansoor Dadullah and Maulvi Kabir in return for the abductees and gave a deadline of May 1 but surprisingly they killed Khalid Khawaja on April 30. Gul Bahadur, Sirajuddin Haqqani and other Taliban commanders had been making efforts for the release of the stated abductees for the last many days. The kidnappers had flatly refused to free Khawaja, as they accused him of playing a 'double game while Asad Qureshi was stated to be involved in 'spying. Qureshi was on an information-gathering mission under the garb of making a documentary for a British TV. However, Col Imam was caught in the 'crossfire in the episode, it is said. The sources privy to the developments said it was a 'trap operation designed by the kidnappers just to ensnare Khawaja, who they believe was working for some foreign elements, while Qureshi was a bonus for them. However, they also dislike Col Imam who condemns suicide activities inside Pakistan and actions against the countrys security agencies but at the same time he commands huge popularity among all the genuine Taliban leaders. Lt Gen (r) Hameed Gul, former DG ISI, when contacted to get his professional input, said the kidnappers demanded custody of Taliban leaders including Mullah Baradar, Mansoor Dadullah and Maulvi Kabir in return for the abductees, which was strange. They were not well-informed about the real facts regarding the said commanders, as Mansoor Dadullah had differences with the Taliban and was not important for them, while Maulvi Kabir had not been apprehended so far and Mullah Baradar, an 'accidental catch, was not a high-ranking commander, he added. Hameed Gul said he had information that Col Imam was handed over to a tribal jirga, while Asad Qureshi was still in the custody of the abductors and the kidnappers might give a new demand or deadline for his release. However, he would be released sooner or later, he hoped. About the Punjabi Taliban who seems to operate independently, he said some elements of Punjabi Taliban might be working for foreign agencies who were not under the Taliban shelter, as mountainous region of North Waziristan had many soft areas where the stated groups could take refuge and set up their camps. The abduction episode, Faisal Shahzads alleged involvement in Times Square plot in New York, Commander US Centcom General Petraeuss talk about starting a military drive in Kandahar and Zabul, and Hillary Clintons statement seemed to part of a single plan, observed the former ISI chief. General Petraeus has talked about starting an operation in Kandahar and Zabul provinces of Afghanistan, which border North Waziristan. The US by pressurising Pakistan to start military operation in North Waziristan desires to coordinate its military move in Afghanistan, Gul added.