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Gunmen Kidnap American U.N. Official in Pakistan
(AP) via FOX NEWS.com ^ | February 2, 2009 | n/a

Posted on 02/01/2009 11:43:37 PM PST by Cindy

QUETTA, Pakistan —

SNIPPET: "The abduction occurred as the man was heading to his job as the head of the U.N. refugee office in the main southwest city of Quetta, senior police official Khalid Masood said.

Masood identified the kidnapped official as John Solecki, and said he was from the United States."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hostages; johnsolecki; kidnap; kidnapped; pakistan; quetta; solecki; taleban; taliban; un; unitednations

1 posted on 02/01/2009 11:43:37 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Soon these kidnappers will be making a complete fool of our new POTUS..


2 posted on 02/01/2009 11:46:51 PM PST by Fred ('The bigger the fix, the bigger the fool')
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To: All

Note: The following text is a quote:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_930.html

Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Sun Feb 01 2009 23:47:32 GMT-0800 (PST).

PAKISTAN

November 21, 2008

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Pakistan in light of the threat of terrorist activity. This replaces the Travel Warning dated October 1, 2008, and updates information on security incidents, notes the temporary relocation of some employees from the US Consulate in Peshawar to Islamabad, and reminds U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan.

The presence of Al-Qaida, Taliban elements, and indigenous sectarian groups poses a potential danger to American citizens, especially in the western border regions of Pakistan. Continuing tensions in the Middle East also increase the possibility of violence against Westerners in Pakistan. Terrorists and their sympathizers have demonstrated their willingness and capability to attack targets where Americans are known to congregate or visit, such as hotels, clubs and restaurants, places of worship, schools, or outdoor recreation events. U.S. Government personnel are not permitted to stay at or frequent major hotels in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. Government personnel have also been advised to restrict the number and frequency of trips to public markets, and to avoid public restaurants in Islamabad, Karachi, and Peshawar.

On November 12, 2008, an American government contractor and his driver in Peshawar were shot and killed in their car. In September 2008, over fifty people, including three Americans, were killed and hundreds were injured when a suicide bomber set off a truck filled with explosives outside a major international hotel in Islamabad. In August 2008, gunmen stopped and shot at the vehicle of an American diplomat in Peshawar. In March 2008, a restaurant frequented by westerners in Islamabad was bombed, killing one patron and seriously injuring several others, including four American diplomats. On March 2, 2006, an American diplomat, a Consulate employee, and three others were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives alongside the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi. Fifty-two others were wounded.

Sectarian and extremist violence has resulted in fatal bomb attacks in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore, and other Pakistani cities in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Since 2007, over 1,000 bombings have killed more than 1,000 people throughout Pakistan and injured many more. Some of the attacks have occurred outside major hotels, in market areas and other locations frequented by Americans. Other recent targets have included restaurants, Pakistani government officials and buildings, and international NGOs.

In 2007 and 2008, several American citizens throughout Pakistan were kidnapped for ransom or for personal reasons. Kidnappings for ransom are particularly common in some parts of Pakistan, such as the Northwest Frontier Province and Sindh Province.

The Pakistani military has been engaged in an active campaign against militants in the Bajaur district of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Access to many areas of Pakistan, including the FATA along the Afghan border, and the area adjacent to the Line of Control (LOC) in the disputed territory of Kashmir, is restricted by local government authorities for non-Pakistanis. Travel to any restricted region requires official permission by the Government of Pakistan. Failure to obtain such permission in advance can result in arrest and detention by Pakistani authorities. Due to security concerns the U.S. Government currently allows only essential travel within the FATA by American officials.

The U.S. Consulate in Peshawar has temporarily relocated some personnel to Islamabad while the Consulate evaluates necessary security measures to operate under heightened threat conditions. The Consulate remains open.

Rallies, demonstrations, and processions occur regularly throughout Pakistan on very short notice. In the aftermath of the December 2007 death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, widespread rioting in Karachi led to multiple deaths and injuries as well as widespread property damage. Demonstrations have often taken on an anti-American or anti-Western character, and Americans are urged to avoid large gatherings.

U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in Pakistan despite this Travel Warning are encouraged to register with the Embassy in Islamabad or the Consulates in Karachi, Lahore, or Peshawar. This registration can be completed online through the Department of State’s travel registration website: https://travelregistration.state.gov. Alternatively, Americans without Internet access should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for information on registering in person. Registration enables citizens to obtain updated information on travel and security within Pakistan via the emergency alert system (warden network).

Americans in country should take appropriate individual precautions to ensure their safety and security. These measures include maintaining good situational awareness, avoiding crowds and demonstrations and keeping a low profile. Americans should avoid setting patterns by varying times and routes for all required travel. Americans should ensure that their travel documents and visas are valid at all times. Official Americans are instructed to avoid use of public transportation and restrict their use of personal vehicles in response to security concerns.

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5; telephone: (92-51) 208-0000; Consular Section telephone: (92-51) 208-2700; fax: (92-51) 282-2632; website: http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/.

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi is located at 8 Abdullah Haroon Road; telephone: (92-21) 520-4200 or (92-21) 520-4400 after hours; fax: (92-21) 568-0496; website: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov/.

The U.S. Consulate in Lahore is located on 50 Sharah-E-Abdul Hamid Bin Badees (Old Empress Road), near Shimla Hill Rotary; tel:(92-42)603-4000 or (91-92)603-4250; fax: (92-42) 603-4200; website: http://lahore.usconsulate.gov; email: amconsul@brain.net.pk.

The U.S. Consulate in Peshawar is located at 11 Hospital Road, Cantonment, Peshawar; telephone: (92-91) 526-8800; fax: (92-91) 528-4171; website: http://Peshawar.usconsulate.gov.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution and the Pakistan Country Specific Information and Travel Warning can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).


3 posted on 02/01/2009 11:47:53 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Fred

Soon?


4 posted on 02/01/2009 11:48:16 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

I wonder what concessions to the terrorists Obama will offer?

And I wonder what are the chances of seeing the hostage released with his head intact?

Now is the chance for Obama to show us all how it’s done...


5 posted on 02/01/2009 11:51:36 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

OPINION:

I think it’s best to decline to discuss it until the situation is resolved, Diehard.

Easier on the family that way.


6 posted on 02/01/2009 11:57:18 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

> I think it’s best to decline to discuss it until the situation is resolved, Diehard.

> Easier on the family that way.

I can Respect that.


7 posted on 02/01/2009 11:59:28 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Afghans help to build shelter for Balochistan's quake survivors



Kidnapping someone who spends all of his time doing humanitarian aide is going to backfire.

Who will Obama blame for this kidnapping??
8 posted on 02/02/2009 12:03:56 AM PST by Fred ('The bigger the fix, the bigger the fool')
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To: Fred

He’ll blame Rush of course.


9 posted on 02/02/2009 12:07:16 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Cindy

I dearly hope I’m wrong, but I believe that Obama will pretend that this did not happen. The story will be minimized.


10 posted on 02/02/2009 12:33:33 AM PST by CowboyJay (Don't tread on me)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Thanks DieHard.


11 posted on 02/02/2009 12:36:48 AM PST by Cindy
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To: CowboyJay

Well, I’ll post followups as they become available and this will archive for the search engines and researchers.


12 posted on 02/02/2009 12:38:03 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Jet Jaguar; Oorang; backhoe

Note: Photo included.

http://www.dawn.net/wps/wcm/connect/596844804ce2ac079cc3dd0600838b15/UNOfficialKidnapAFP_400.jpg?MOD=AJPERES

#

http://www.dawn.net/wps/wcm/connect/Dawn%20Content%20Library/dawn/news/pakistan/balochistan/un-official-kidnapped-driver-killed-in-quetta-ha

BALOCHISTAN
“UN official kidnapped, driver killed in Quetta”
Monday, 02 Feb, 2009 | 12:50 PM PST |

QUETTA:

SNIPPET: “Quetta city police chief Humayun Jogezai confirmed the incident and said paramilitary officers had been placed on standby.

‘We have alerted the Frontier Corps and they are ready to act swiftly on any tip-off about the man who has been kidnapped,’ he told AFP.

‘We will not waste a minute in raiding any place where we think this man is being held hostage,’ Jogezai said.

Another police official told AFP on condition of anonymity that ‘religious elements’ may have been involved.”


13 posted on 02/02/2009 12:42:24 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Republic of Texas

He will blame Rush and any other “evil” Conservatives who love America and the Constitution.


14 posted on 02/02/2009 12:51:43 AM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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http://www.indopia.in/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/492546/International/2/20/2

“Senior UN official kidnapped in Pak”
Published: February 2, 2009

SNIPPET: “Solecki’s kidnapping came just months after an abortive attempt by suspected Taliban militia to abduct a senior US Embassy official from Peshawar. Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province which borders Afghanistan where Al-Qaeda and Taliban are reported to have safe havens.”


15 posted on 02/02/2009 1:24:00 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

I wouldn’t worry too much. He’s a Dem, the messiah will save him.


16 posted on 02/02/2009 2:02:39 AM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: Cindy
That's OK.

UN officials are like Doritos, they'll make more.

17 posted on 02/02/2009 3:15:02 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Cindy

Obama’s fault.


18 posted on 02/02/2009 3:54:42 AM PST by bikerman
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To: Fred; All

I wonder how Bob the BO’s lawyer will answer to this?

PHONE: 202.628.6600

Robert (Bob) Bauer is currently counsel to Obama for America and the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees, and has served as co-counsel to the New Hampshire State Senate in the trial of Chief Justice David A. Brock (2000).

607 Fourteenth Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005-2003

PHONE: 202.628.6600 FAX: 202.434.1690


19 posted on 02/02/2009 4:32:04 AM PST by FreeManN (Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi)
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To: Cindy
I run a travel clinic, among other things.

I recently saw a young American woman who was going alone to Peshawar to distribute Bibles illegally.

20 posted on 02/02/2009 4:33:49 AM PST by Jim Noble (Tom Daschle's favorite tune: "Baby you can drive my car")
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To: Cindy

Gone, are the days when a POW could signal his superiors by winking in Morse Code. FReeperland would be on that so quickly, the guy would be dead by the next news cycle. Kind of a shame.


21 posted on 02/02/2009 4:39:02 AM PST by rabidralph (Obama is the McNabb of politics.)
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To: CowboyJay

He will put his envoy on a plane to make nice, blow smoke and adjust the mirrors.

Hussein the Messiah Obama is all hat and no cattle


22 posted on 02/02/2009 4:44:41 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The original point of America was not to be Europe)
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To: Cindy; Dog

Also still missing as far as I know is David Rohde.

This will hopefully not turn into a tragedy.


23 posted on 02/02/2009 11:11:34 AM PST by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: Slump Tester

May someone you know and are close to gets kidnapped.

Then we’ll see your bluster and call you.

Schmuckian would be the proper description, methinks.


24 posted on 02/02/2009 11:13:15 AM PST by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: swarthyguy
Lighten up Francis!

Can you name one UN official that matters?

We'd be better off without ANY of them.

25 posted on 02/02/2009 11:39:08 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

Go light yourself up, dude.

Your mentality is sickening.

You must hate Americans, eh? LOL!

What no compassion for a fellow countryman kidnapped by Talibs.

Jihadi Symp.


26 posted on 02/02/2009 11:42:30 AM PST by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: swarthyguy

swarthy....this guys life is over...he will be next seen in a Al Qaeda snuff video.


27 posted on 02/02/2009 1:07:25 PM PST by Dog
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To: All; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; Oorang; Velveeta

BLOG:

QUOTE:

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/196163.php

February 02, 2009

Taliban Take Second American Hostage
The name of the first American being held by the Taliban? I’ve been asked by my moral and intellectual superiors in the MSM not to mention his name nor to claim that the Taliban have taken him hostage. He is, after all, a reporter who works for a major U.S. newspaper. Never mind that the be silent and wait it out strategy only works when you are negotiating a ransom. In the case of Islamist extremists who have become hip to the new realities of the decreasing propaganda value of taking American hostages, then it’s a silly dead end.

When he’s released we’ll know exactly why. And if he’s murdered? Oh, I will name names.

Enough of that. On to the unpleasant news that the Pakistani branch of the Taliban have taken a hostage. His name is John Solecki, and he was in Quetta helping Afghani refugees.

Do I know any Taliban propagandist who live in Quetta? Why yes, I do. Drop me a line “Murchal” so I can get your side of the story. Maybe you have something to add to, “have American hostage, will behead if Crusaders don’t leave”?

May a Predator missile find your house, you lousy piece of shit.

Keep John Solecki and his family in your prayers. And the other guy.

If you’re a member of the other guy’s family, drop me a line. I’m respecting the MSM request out of respect for you as it was conveyed to me. But if the silent treatment isn’t what you want, I’m right there with you on that, too.

By Rusty at February 2, 2009 05:02 PM | Comments | Trackback l digg this


28 posted on 02/02/2009 2:15:18 PM PST by Cindy
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To: swarthyguy
Anyone with the UN is hardly a "fellow countryman".

Besides keeping us from winning, what were they doing over there in the first place?

Now that they have a chance to sit down and talk with the enemy, maybe we'll finally have peace.

29 posted on 02/02/2009 2:27:18 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

Ignorance is bliss. Enjoy.


30 posted on 02/03/2009 11:20:23 AM PST by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: Cindy
Do you suppose the Obama administration is up to a "Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead" message?

Americans everywhere should be concerned with how their government handles this.

31 posted on 02/03/2009 11:27:45 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: All

Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2211128/posts

‘She wanted to learn about Jihad’ (Taliban threaten to behead pro-Islamic Canadian hostage)
timesnow.tv ^ | March 19, 2009
Posted on March 20, 2009 4:33:44 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

After the United Nations diplomat John Solecki, who had forcefully converted to Islam under the doctrine of the Taliban militants, a Canadian journalist - Beverly Giesbrecht, became the latest Taliban target, with the deadline of March 30 being announced by the militants for her release.

Even as the 48-hour deadline for kidnapped United Nations official John Solecki ends, the Taliban has released another hostage video, this time of a Canadian journalist, threatening to behead her by March 30.

As Beverly desperately calls out for help, she says, “The timeline is very short and my life is going to end. So I need someone to help me. My country or someone else have to make a move now, as my life is going to be over very shortly.”

The irony is Beverly - now Khadija Adbul Qahaar - publisher of a pro-Islamic website ‘Jihad Unspun’, was in Pakistan to understand the concept of ‘Jihad’, when the Taliban kidnapped her in North Wazirstan.

“A previous video has been made and distributed to my Embassy, to the Pakistan government and to the various NGOs and groups, in order to try to meet the demnads that they’re (the Taliban terror outfits) are making but....,” trails off Beverly.

A cash strapped Taliban, at first demanded USD 2 millions, and have now settled for USD 3 hundred and 75 thousand ransom.

As the deadline for the execution of kidnapped United Nations man John Solecki lapsed, the timing of Beverly’s hostage video release, served as grim reminder for foreigners in Pakistan that they have become the Taliban terror groups’ most negotiable currecy in their holy war.


32 posted on 03/20/2009 6:34:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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