Captors set new deadline for UN hostage in Pakistan

March 2nd, 2009 - 8:14 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 2 (DPA) The separatist group holding a UN official in southwest Pakistan for about a month Sunday threatened to kill him if their demands were not met within four days, media reports said.
The warning was issued by a shadowy rebel group, the Baloch Liberation United Front (BLUF), in a letter.

Gunmen abducted John Solecki, the regional chief of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in country’s southwestern Balochistan province, on Feb 2 in the provincial capital, Quetta. His Pakistani driver was shot dead in the ambush.

BLUF demanded the release of more than 1,000 people it claimed were being held by law enforcement authorities in Balochistan in exchange for Solecki.

The separatist group earlier asked the UN to resolve the issue of Balochistan’s independence under the Geneva Convention.

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