US national’s kidnapper’s sketch released

August 19th, 2011 - 1:38 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 19 (IANS) Police in Pakistan Thursday released a sketch of a man accused of being involved in the kidnapping of US national Warren Weinstein.

The sketch shows an individual of around 25 years of age.

Weinstein, 63, was kidnapped Aug 13 from his home in Lahore.

According to police sources, the sketch was made with information obtained from the American’s guards and driver, Geo New reported.

At least 12 individuals were involved in the kidnapping of the American national and their sketches are being made. Meanwhile all information pertaining to the kidnapping has been sent to the Punjab Home Ministry, sources added.

Meanwhile, US has begun its own investigation into the kidnapping that occurred in Lahore.

Two officials of the US Consulate in Lahore visited Weinstein’s home Wednesday for their own investigation and evidence collection, reported Dawn.

The US officials examined all the rooms at the victim’s home, said police sources.
They inspected telephones and equipment installed in the house and also took a look at a BlackBerry phone and a laptop.

The BlackBerry was locked and the help of the cellular company concerned would be taken to unlock it.

Ali Aamir Malik, a senior police official, said that police were questioning the victim’s driver Mohammad Israr who had worked with the American for several years.

Weinstein, a university professor, was associated with poverty alleviation and economic development projects, Malik said and added that he was apparently not a high-priority target for terrorists.

A US undercover agent, Raymond Davis, had fatally shot two Pakistanis in Lahore in February, which caused deep rift in relationship between the intelligence agencies of the two countries.

The ties between Islamabad and Washington were further strained after the May 2 killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad by US commandos in a sneak raid.

Related Stories

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Posted in South Asia |