Pakistan’s senate committee appeals for release of kidnapped UN official

March 5th, 2009 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 5 (Xinhua) Pakistan’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday passed a resolution appealing for immediate release of an abducted UN official in the country, a media report said.
The Committee appealed to the kidnappers to release John Solecki, head of the UN refugee office in the southwestern city of Quetta, unharmed through an unanimous resolution, the official Associated Press of Pakistan said.

“The Committee feels that John Solecki was doing humanitarian work for the people of Balochistan and he is, in no way responsible for any wrongs that have been done to the people as a consequence of government policy. Punishing an innocent man would, therefore, be wrong and immoral and also weaken the cause that the kidnappers espoused,” said the resolution.

The Committee also urged the government to take immediate steps to redress the grievances outlined in the demands of the kidnappers so that issues concerning the people of Balochistan are resolved.

The Baloch Liberation United Front (BLUF), which claimed responsibility for Solecki’s kidnapping, said the UN was given four days to play its role in freeing the group’s 1,109 members, believed to be lodged in Pakistani jails, in return for his (Solecki’s) release. BLUF’s deadline ends Thursday.

Solecki was kidnapped last month while he was on the way to his office in Quetta.

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