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Abduction of American: Clinton calls Khar to ‘express concern’ Saturday, 20 August 2011 22:10 -   ISLAMABAD /LAHORE: The abduction of American aid expert Warren Weinstein prompted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday to ‘express concern’ over the incident. The foreign ministry confirmed the telephone conversation but did not offer any details. However, official sources told The Express Tribune that the Secretary of State made th
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  Abduction of American: Clinton calls Khar to ‘express concern’ Saturday, 20 August 2011 22:10 - ISLAMABAD /LAHORE: The abduction of American aid expertWarren Weinsteinprompted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call her Pakistani counterpart HinaRabbani Khar on Thursday to ‘express concern’ over the incident.  The foreign ministry confirmed the telephone conversation but did not offer any details.However, official sources told The Express Tribune  that the Secretary of State made thetelephone call primarily to discuss the kidnapping incident. Secretary Clinton’s call was followed by US Ambassador Cameron Munter’s separate meetingswith Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir on Wednesdayto press the Pakistani authorities to ensure the early recovery of American aid expert. Following her interaction with the US Secretary of State, Foreign Minister Khar also met PrimeMinister Yousaf Raza Gilani to brief him about the situation. The issue took another twist on Thursday when Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah hintedthat Weinstein might be a spy.  1 / 3  Abduction of American: Clinton calls Khar to ‘express concern’ Saturday, 20 August 2011 22:10 - “We suspect that he was involved in intelligence gathering because we offered him a policeescort, deployed police at his house, but he resisted our attempts,” the minister told Reuters. “Itgives the impression that he did not want us to keep a check on his activities and that makes itsuspicious.” However, Weinstein’s’ friends in the aid community have strenuously denied rumours he wasworking for any intelligence agency. A US Embassy spokeswoman also denied it. Weinstein was abducted in a pre-dawn raid on Saturday last, when up to eight unknowngunmen broke into his house in Lahore. The police detained a number of people, including the security guards and Weinstein’s driver,for questioning after the kidnapping. Police officials released the sketch of one of the suspects involved in the kidnapping ofAmerican citizen Warren Weinstein on Thursday. The sketch was of a young man, around twenty years of age, with light stubble. It was madewith the help of information collected from guards and the driver of the American since theCCTV camera of the house had been out of order for two years, said a police official. SSP Investigation Lahore, Abdur Razzaque Cheema told The Express Tribune that the sketchof only one kidnapper could be made as the other seven wore masks. He added that Lahore police was investigating the abduction of Warren, with the help ofagencies, while details of phone calls of Weinstein were still being checked. SP Investigation Model Town, Shoaib Khurram said that finger prints have been taken from thecrime scene. 2 / 3  Abduction of American: Clinton calls Khar to ‘express concern’ Saturday, 20 August 2011 22:10 - Lie-detectors  Police officials also revealed that they would carry out lie-detecting tests on security guards anddriver of Weinstein. “We have decided to conduct lie-detector tests on the security guards and the driver to verifywhether their statements are true,” a senior police official was reported as saying. “We will start their screening while we also interrogate the security company officials,responsible for his security,” said officials. Weinstein, 70, country director for US-based consultancy JE Austin Associates, was abductedbefore dawn on Saturday. Weinstein was due to return to the United States on Monday after his contract on private-sectordevelopment and economic growth in Pakistan ended. Washington revised its travel warningasserting that Americans throughout Pakistan have been kidnapped for ransom or for personalreasons. (With additional reporting from agencies){jcomments on}  source: The Express Tribune    3 / 3
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