Aid worker: Police denies reports of American’s recovery

Published: August 26, 2011

Khushab police officials say they did not know anything about Weinstein’s recovery. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

LAHORE: 

The Lahore police on Thursday denied reports of the recovery of Dr Warren Weinstein, a 70-plus aid worker who was abducted from his Model Town residence a few days ago.

A handout quoted CCPO Lahore Ahmad Raza Tahir as saying that news reports about the recovery of Weinstein were baseless. He said that the Khushab police had been contacted to verify the reports, but they said they did not know anything regarding the matter.

Investigators had earlier claimed that Lahore police had taken five people into protective custody, while two more men were later detained for questioning. They, however, said that the police still have no clue about the case. The detained men included three guards, one driver and a guard who had earlier served Weinstein while two others were the guards’ guests.

SSP Investigation Abdul Razzaque Chema told The Express Tribune that they were without any leads. Contradicting reports about the arrest of the main suspect in the case, he said that they were still investigating and treating the case as a blind murder.

SP Investigation Model Town Shoaib Khurram said that despite a thorough investigation, phone records had not yielded any clue in the case. He added that the police had no further information about the suspect whose sketch was released a few days ago.

On the other hand, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed the recovery of the US citizen. While talking to a news channel, he said that 12 people involved in the case have been detained so far.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • R. Khan
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:44PM

    Thank God!

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  • Salman
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Plz let this be true!!! And Thank GOD!

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  • Karim Javed
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:53PM

    Yeah that’s our police they can find any thing but that thing must not a Paki. If he was a Pakistani then he would never recovered.

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  • muhammad babar khan
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:57PM

    the level of antisemitism in pakistan is disgusting.just because he was a jew doesn’t make him automaticall a bad person.this inherent hatred of jews in islamic fascists is sickening.
    these people should realise that it is the american aid bought with the tax money of american jews and christians that runs our country in the first place.health programmes,education programmes,military aid , everything is run on jewish money.
    so before blaming everything on yahodi saazish first return all the yahoodi paisa that you have eaten in the last 64 years.

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  • Haq
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:01PM

    No team wants to play in Pakistan. Why? Because Pakistanis are abductors and indulge in all kinds of misbehavior. Pakistanis should behave themselves instead of supporting Taliban ideology.

    God will never forgive such activities of Pakistani Muslims.

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  • behzad malik
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:16PM

    @muhammad babar khan:

    yes,we take their aid,we eat from the jewish taxpayer’s money yet our islamic fanatics continue to spew hate and anti-semitism every chance they get.everything that goes wrong in pakistan is blamed on the jewish lobby and the ever popular yahodi saazish.

    we should get out of our jew phobia and recognise the evil of islamic fascism which has caused more harm and more damage to our society than any jew or christian could ever dream of causing us.blaming all our problems and deficiencies on jews has not improved our situation,instead of deflecting blame onto others we should look at the hate and homophobia that is propagated in our madrassas and masjids.it’s time we fought the enemy within .

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  • Ali
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:20PM

    Thank God! I hope this is true and he goes home safe and sound. Well done to the law enforcement agencies.

    @Muhammad, Most Pakistani people didn’t even know he was a Jew, and what difference should that make anyways, he is an American citizen who has been kidnapped in our country. Our law enforcement agencies have found him, hopefully he goes back to his own country safe and sound.

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  • Rational Mind
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:35PM

    We should stop issuing visas to Americans doing charity work etc till things are stable in pakistan…..These americans charity workers (if thats what they are doing) should appoint some one from Turkey or from other muslim country to do the required job and not risk themselves in pakistan and add to the problems of pakistan

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  • Sani
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:37PM

    Babr Khan and Haq,

    You guys sound like Indian paid trolls. No one in Pakistan cares about the religion of some aid worker. This is unlike India where an Australian missionary was burned alive along with his children.

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  • AN
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Hope it’s true and Mr. Weinstein could return home safely. He did a lot for us. He doesn’t deserve such treatment.

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  • Someone
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:05PM

    Glad to hear. This also shows that Pakistani police is quite competent. Perhaps the time has arrived that the police assumes a serious attitude to Karachi too and get rid of the mayhem there.

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  • Farhan
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:07PM

    @muhammad babar khan:
    What do u say about your own Anti-Islamic disgust while using words like ‘Islamic Fascist’.
    Remember dude, if u can stick with your pathetic justifications for rebuking Islam in the name of ‘Freedom of Speech’ then everyone next guy has got the same right.

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  • bond007
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:10PM

    Well Khushab is a very sensitive area as it is home to the Heavy Water and Natural Uranium Research Reactor,a critical part of the Pakistan’s Special Weapons Program.

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  • ali
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:15PM

    @Sani:
    It is sad to note that comments based at hrsh realities are being termed as by the Indian trolls.
    Highly irrational !

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  • Haq
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:52PM

    @Sami

    First, I’m a Pakistani and I love my country as much as anybody else.

    Pakistan has a lot of social ills. It’s a figment of your imagination if you think that nothing is wrong in Pakistan. Pakistani society teaches its people to hate outsiders (Americans) who are your biggest trade partners as Pakistan exports most goods to America.

    Shame on Pakistanis for hating on Americans. Shame on Pakistanis for remaining indifferent to the brutalities of the militants and the Taliban who gun down Pakistani soldiers at a point blank range in the tribal areas. Have mercy on yourself by condemning these Taliban cowards for a change. They muzzle your women. They destroy schools for children. What has Taliban given to Pakistan? If you continue to remain apathetic about the Taliban/Mullahs, Pakistan will implode on its own. You won’t need India to accomplish that. 50 percent of Pakistan’s population is illiterate. That’s appalling. 77 million don’t get clean drinking water. These are abysmal numbers. Go look in the mirror before blaming India, Israel or America. Pakistan is a dirt poor country that has failed to provide for its people and it has only itself to blame.

    Help yourself rather than dumping everything on America. Only 2 percent of Pakistanis pay taxes. Pakistanis don’t even feel loyalty to their own country by not paying taxes, yet keep barking anti American slogans. Ridiculous!

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  • Someone
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:52PM

    Alright, I retract my previous comment now. :(

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  • ali
    Aug 25, 2011 - 3:26PM

    Intelligence failure, route from Khushab further lead to South Waziristan via DI Punjab & KPK ………………….. must be a real worry for investigators now.

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  • goggi
    Aug 25, 2011 - 5:14PM

    @Farhan:
    When Pakistani indigenous Sikhs were persecuted and their throats brutally slit in KP , did you protest?

    When indigenous Hindus forced to leave their thousands of years old relgion, their young girls abducted and raped, did you protest?

    When Pakistani indigenous Christians persecuted, their houses burnt and they killed, did you protest?

    When the liberal Governor of my ancestral city Taseer Salman assassinated and all mullahs refused to read his namaz-e-janaza, did you protest?

    When Muslim-Ahmadis persecuted, harassed and declared as wajib ul qatal, did you protest? This all is a repulsive islamic fascism!

    T H I N K before critisizing others, perhaps you are a part of this!

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  • Sani
    Aug 25, 2011 - 6:04PM

    Ali and Haq,
    Your comments are solely aimed at defaming Pakistan. No true son of the soil will never ever do it. Just because you guys are using Muslim names does not mean that you are not Indian trolls. The condition of people in India is a lot worse than in Pakistan. Just look at the poverty rate, rapes, corruption etc.etc. I do not see any Indian trolls commenting about India.

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  • goggi
    Aug 25, 2011 - 7:32PM

    @Sani:
    Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture. Unknown

    It is very unwise to close the eyes from the bitter facts which Ali and Haq are pointing at as well, that our whole country is gradually drowning in a pond of self-made cesspit.
    DEFAME PAKISTAN??? Janab sahib you can only de-fame something, someone which has fame!!! kheer ho aap ki

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  • Muhammad asad awan
    Aug 26, 2011 - 12:11AM

    Islam is a peaceful religion, if some Muslim involved in any wrong doings no one is allowed to defame our religion, if he could do so our religion teaches us do not get panic and follow the followings of Islam.
    we human beings always blame each other if a Jew, Hindu or any other religion follower did wrong its not the fault of its religion more over its fault of its personal capacity.
    Like killer is killer no matter which religion he or she practice. Human beings have always answers you did this and you did this.
    we the human beings try to spread love, peace and happiness to other human beings.
    Now a days Muslims are not following the exact teachings of Islam and its our fault but no one have right to spread hate and wrong words to our religion.
    Islam teaches us trust on ALLAH, follow the teachings of his last Prophet PBHU, dont speak lie, respect humanity, kind to your fellow muslim brothers as well as non muslims.

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  • nasir kham
    Aug 26, 2011 - 5:41AM

    @babar. . .let us jave ur real name yaar. i r not amuslim thats gor sure. its fine if u hate islam but should have guts to write ur true name and creed.

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  • Malik Sajjad
    Aug 26, 2011 - 6:40AM

    THE BLACK WATER OR AMERICAN CIA WORK …

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  • Jim
    Aug 26, 2011 - 6:44AM

    Glad to see some people at least recognize that Pakistan has become the Republic of Hate. People like @sani will never get their head out of their backsides, constantly looking for excuses, blaming others, and seeking moral equivocation. Sure @sani, such incidents happen in India and U.S and many other countries, but there is a due process which kicks in and the guilty are usually punished, even if it takes time. In your country, the establish promotes hate; Guilt is a default status. Speaking to this case, it would seem that Weinstein was rescued but your ISI geniuses have put a lid on it hoping to extract a few more crumbs from the U.S Good luck. You country is such a shining example of good behavior.

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  • Sani
    Aug 26, 2011 - 7:09AM

    goggi,
    There are a lot of bitter facts about other countries of the world. Most of them more bitter than Pakistan. Instead of blaming Pakistan for everything, you should discuss the evils in the world in general. There are as many social evils in India as in Pakistan. I have had several discussions with my Indian friends and they admit that. Most of them very loudly believe India to be more corrupt than Pakistan. They have visited Pakistan and were amazed to see the standard of living here. All of them were educated people from good families and having a good job.

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