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Kidnapped Canadian lady’s guide freed by militants

PESHAWAR: Taliban militants in North Waziristan have finally released a person they had kidnapped more than seven months ago along with a Canadian woman, Khadija Abdul Qahaar, and another Pakistani man identified as Salman.

Zar Muhammad, belonging to Nowshera district, was freed on Sunday and has now reached his home. He told The News that he was released somewhere in North Waziristan and was blindfolded while being transported out of the tribal area and via the Frontier Region (FR) Bannu.

“We were treated well by our captors. None of us was tortured or humiliated. They gave us good food and took care of our medical needs,” Zar Muhammad said. He added that the militants had promised to release Salman in a few days.

However, he said the militants were unwilling to free the Canadian woman. Zar Muhammad was the guide and cook of Khadija Abdul Qahaar, who is in her late 50s and claimed to have converted to Islam. She used to introduce herself as an author, producer and presenter. The lady insisted she was a supporter of the Taliban and was keen to visit North Waziristan to meet the militants.

Source: The News

Date:6/24/2009