ISLAMABAD  - Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday said that he had devised a strategy to secure the release of Pakistani hostages being held by Somali pirates.Talking to the media, he said he would meet Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan to discuss the issue. President Asif Ali Zardari had taken notice of the matter. He assigned Malik to up efforts for securing the release of Pakistanis.Another report says Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz has announced paying the ransom after President Zardari contacted him.Hostages’ families appealed to President Zardari to help them secure their relatives. He contacted the Bahria Town owner, who announced paying the amount of ransom.“The required amount will be arranged,” Malik Riaz said.On November 26, 2010, Somali pirates took hostage 23 crew members of MV Albedo when it was travelling from Dubai's Jabal-e-Ali port to Mumbasa in Kenya. The 23 crew included seven Pakistani nationals including Captain Javed Saleem, Chief Officer Mujtaba (Mansehra), Third Officer Raheel Anwar (Faisalabad), Fourth Engineer Zulfiqar Ali (Gujrat), seamen Ahsan Naveed and Faqeer Muhammad (Jhelum) and Kashiful Islam (Dir). The pirates have anchored the ship 60 nautical miles away from the Somalian coast. The pirates at first demanded $8 million ransom which was brought down to around $2.6 million after negotiations.