Pakistan‘s ambassador to Afghanistan, who went missing in February, has appeared in a video saying he is being held by Taleban militants.
Armed men surrounded Tariq Azizuddin in the footage, shown on Dubai-based al-Arabiya television. He urged the Pakistani government to meet their demands. It is the first public statement by the envoy since he disappeared in the border area between the two countries, on his way to the Afghan capital Kabul.
In comments translated into Arabic by the channel, Mr. Azizuddin said he, along with his driver and his bodyguard, had been kidnapped by “mujahedeen from the Taleban”. He added that they were being held “in comfortable conditions” and “looked after”. “We have no problems, but I suffer health problems such as high blood pressure and heart pains,” he said.
Remember that Pakistan was the place they found sanctuary and often support including from the national security forces! That reminds the story with the scorpion and the turtle …it is their nature!
The French humanitarian mission sent to Colombia to try to secure to release of the hostage Ingrid Betancourt is being withdrawn from the country.
Colombia’s Farc rebels said they would not allow emergency medical aid to be delivered to the kidnapped politician. The mission was “not acceptable” and was launched without the guerrillas’ agreement, a Farc statement said.
France, Spain and Switzerland, which were jointly behind the mission, said it was “no longer justifiable”. “It will therefore leave Colombia soon,” the three countries said in a statement. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner will travel to the region “soon” to discuss the situation, an official statement said.
President Nicolas Sarkozy had announced the French mission after reports that Ms Betancourt, who holds dual French-Colombian citizenship, was seriously ill. She was kidnapped while campaigning for the Colombian presidency six years ago.
Pity, the Farc rebels even if they had any right to do what they do they lost it because they proved not interest in human life!
Two foreign contractors, a Briton and a Kenyan, working for the UN in Somalia have been seized by unknown gunmen in southern Somalia, reports say. They were doing work for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
The incident happened on a road between the towns of Bu’aale and Sikow in the Juba region of Somalia, when gunmen fired on the men’s car, witnesses say. The UN based in neighboring Kenya says it cannot confirm the kidnapping, although it had confirmed it earlier. A number of foreign aid workers have been kidnapped in Somalia in the past few months.
It is not known why the two men, who are believed to be working for the FAO-funded Somalia Water and Land Information Management project, may have been kidnapped. It is not known if either man has been harmed, although there are unconfirmed reports that a white man was seen with blood coming from a wound possibly on his leg. In February, MSF withdrew all their international staffs from Somalia after three of its workers were killed by a bomb.
Trying to help and be a victim of the worst kind of violence from the ones you try to help! That’s definitely disappointing and discouraging.