Taliban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi today told RFE/RL that he doesn't think Taliban members are involved in the kidnappings.
"Kidnapping or taking people hostage, I believe, is neither an action that could be effective against the enemy, nor there will be a reasonable response to the demands," Hakimi said. "There is also another problem. It is said that women are among the hostages. I believe kidnapping women does not conform to Islamic Shari'a law."
That group -- Jaish-e Muslimeen or Army of Muslims has demanded the release of Taliban prisoners in return for the hostages. The group, however, has gradually relaxed its demands and repeated deadlines have passed without apparent incident.