KARACHI - The Pakistani hostages under the captivity of Somali pirates were released on Monday after negotiations that lasted for months. The captives were released after ransom money of $2.1 million was paid to the pirates. Talking to journalists at the Governors House, renowned human rights activist Ansar Burney said the hostages had been freed after the pirates were paid ransom. He said discussions were underway to bring the Pakistani hostages back to the country. He thanked the entire nation for extending cooperation in bringing back the captives. On the occasion, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad said that secret agencies played significant role in this regard. He said ransom money was collected in Pakistan. He also confirmed that the captives release had been finalised and the Pakistanis would be back within a few days. I congratulate Pakistan on this occasion, he said, adding this ordeal had become a national issue for Pakistan. The amount was collected in collaboration with the Ansar Burney Trust, the Sindh government, and the shipping company that owned the hijacked ship. In an operation monitored from the Suez Canal, a chartered plane was sent to Somalia to pick up the released captives. It is pertinent to mention here that the captives included Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Egyptians.