RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Thursday recovered five foreign hostages who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations.
The hostages, including a Canadian, his US national wife and their three children were rescued from the captivity of terrorists.
The foreign nationals were captured in Afghanistan by terrorists, added the Pakistan Army’s media cell.
US intelligence services had been tracking the movement of the hostages and informed their Pakistani partners when the hostages were moved across the Pak-Afghan border into Kurram agency on October 11, 2017.
The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence by US authorities, successfully recovered the hostages.
“All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin,” said ISPR.
The Army further said that the successful execution of the hostage-rescue operation underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan’s continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.
Trump Lauds Pak Army efforts
The United States (US) president Donald Trump also hailed the effort of Pakistan army for the recovery of a foreigner family, who were abducted in 2012, and termed it a positive step.
“It is a positive moment in between Pakistan and Us ties,” US president said in his reaction over the recovery of the foreigners.
President Donald Trump told a crowd in Pennsylvania that “something happened today where a country that totally disrespected us called with some very, very important news.”
“This is a country that did not respect us, this is a country that respects us now. The world is starting to respect us again, believe me,” Trump said appearing to reference Pakistan and that country’s role in bringing about the recovery of the four hostages. INP