The rescued hostages "are being repatriated to their country of origin", it added.
"They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there", the ISPR handout said. They want money, power and friends. A video released by the Taliban a year ago had showed the family, including two young boys.
"We welcome media reports that a family including USA citizens has been released from captivity", a United States embassy spokesman in Islamabad told AFP, without confirming the identity of the released hostages.
Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford told Congress last week Pakistan would no longer be a sanctuary for terrorism. He issued a stark warning: "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting".
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has already withheld millions in military funding from Pakistan due to his inability to certify that Islamabad "has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network", a branch of the Afghan Taliban.
Hurricane Ophelia moving northeast in the Atlantic
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles. It is now around 760 miles south-west of the Portuguese Azore islands, whipping up 75mph winds as it trundles eastwards.