Abducted American UN Worker Released in Pakistan

In this file photo released by the United Nations High Commission ...

American John Solecki, who was abducted Feburary 2, 2009 by Baluchi militants in Quetta Pakistan was released Saturday by his captors. He had been held captive and threatened with death by his kidnappers if their demands of the release of hundreds of Pakistani prisoners was not met by the Pakistani government.

Solecki was discovered lying alongside a road in western Pakistan with his hands feet tied. On numerous occasions, he had been threatened with execution by his captors if the Pakistani government did not release captured Baluchi prisoners.

It is not clear what led to his release as neither Solecki nor the Pakistani government or UN officials have made any comments. Solecki, who had headed the UN’s refugee agency operations in Quetta, Pakistan would be reunited with his family as soon as possible according to officials familiar with the sitaution. He appeared tired and weak but overall unharmed.

We at Pakistanis for Peace as well as all Pakistanis through out the country are happy to see the release of Mr Solecki. Too often these kidnappings have ended in tragedy and it is a welcome change to see that the militants spared the life of an innocent individual who only happened to be in the country to do humanitarian work on behalf of the United Nations.

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