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American Kidnapped by Gunmen in Eastern Pakistan

American Kidnapped by Gunmen in Eastern Pakistan

 

In an event that will surely not do much to improve the already strained relations between the United States and Pakistan, police reported that an American named Warren Weinstein was abducted by gunmen last night.

The kidnappers raided his home in eastern Lahore, after convincing guards that they wanted to give them food, a common act of sharing during Ramadan.  Weinstein had returned from Islamabad the night before, after telling staff that he was wrapping up his project and would be returning to the United States on Monday.

Weinstein worked for J.E. Austin Associates, a development contractor that does aid work for the U.S. government, according to his LinkedIn profile.  He has 25 years of development experience and a Ph.D. in international law and economics.

The United States’ relationship with Pakistan began to go south at the beginning of this year, when a U.S. CIA contractor shot two Pakistanis dead, saying that they were trying to rob him.  The contractor was later acquitted of two counts of murder by a Pakistani court in exchange for compensation for the victims’ families.  After May, when terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by U.S. operatives, the relationship became even more tense.  Earlier this summer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that he believed that Pakistan had sanctioned the death of a journalist.

Now, it’s unclear what will happen.  Foreigners are occasionally kidnapped in Pakistan, like a Swiss couple abducted in the southwest earlier this summer.  The Pakistani Taliban say that they are holding them in tribal areas in the north, along the Afghan border.  The question is, in the case of an abducted U.S. contractor, whether the U.S. government will use all of its diplomatic muscle to free him.  We’ll keep you posted as the story evolves.

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10:58AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

thanks

5:40AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Margaret: Has all the answers... why the heck you want to be in Jerusalem? Is that part of USA? What business has US there?

Ah... just bark at the sign of Zionists when told to do so. Muslims never attacked Jews in Europe until their land, houses, water and freedom was snatched from them in Palestine. Why not tell your friends to do some justice and LIVE and LET LIVE.

Pakistan has done all the dirty work for US and others for decades and itself is attacked by not only the people it was fighting but also who it was fighting for (USA)

Why not just remove CIA and its agents and stop bombing with drones on daily basis?

Those who are dying there are also human beings and just because you are not allowed to see and count the body bags coming back to USA, does not mean it is no cost to the parents of USA citizens. EVERY life is precious and valuable but some are not even counted (double standards or what?)

3:03AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Prayers to his family.

8:16PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Time to get our troops the f@#k out of the entire Middle-East; Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya-that's NATO, Syria, ....! Maybe we wouldn't be in this economic situation if instead of using deadly fireworks-and creating more enemies, it were used properly to take CARE of the people of the US!

8:03PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

7:21PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Margaret P. .. Your country's economy is on the verge of collapse and your solution is to send in the US military(!) Most Moslems want a normal, decent life with access to schools, hospitals, food, shelter and a decent job..just like Americans. Labelling all Moslems as throat slitting nutters is about as helpful as Australians believing that Americans are all gun happy red-necks who support war at the drop of a hat.

5:47PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Margaret, sent you a green star. This country kept Osama bin Laden protected for years while they pocketed $1 billion a year from us...the taxpayers. They are not friends of America. Looking at the picture on this thread makes me proud to live in a country as beautiful as America. Why any Americans would want to go there is a mystery to me unless, of course, they are anti-American. Life is hard but it's harder when you are stupid.

4:00PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

so sad...thanks for sharing.

12:29PM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

Why do we continue to be duped by these people who would be happier if they slit all our throats?
Bring our people home; put our military around Jerusalem and stand fast against the Muslims.

11:50AM PDT on Aug 14, 2011

So much fighting--mistrust......doesn't seem to end.Where one country's war ends,another begins.......alway's something--now this.

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