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No trace of US national kidnapped in Pak

Pakistani police were clutching at straws on Sunday and had failed to make any progress in the kidnapping of an American national in Lahore.

world Updated: Aug 15, 2011 00:20 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

Pakistani police were clutching at straws on Sunday and had failed to make any progress in the kidnapping of an American national in Lahore.

On Saturday, eight men entered 60-year-old Warren Weinstein’s house and kidnapped him after overpowering security guards in an upscale Lahore locality. Many American nationals and other foreigners live in Lahore and Saturday’s kidnapping has sent a wave of fear in the expatriate community.

Weinstein has been identified as working for JE Austin & Associates, an Arlington, Virginia-based consulting firm, on a development project in FATA.

Weinstein had been living in Pakistan for more than five years, the police said.

The police have detained three people but their identity is not known yet. There are fears that the American national may have been kidnapped in the mistaken belief that he was working for the US government.

However, an official said that it was a “routine kidnapping” and that the American will be recovered “soon”. US embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said they had not yet been informed about any progress in the case. No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction.