Pak­istan Army re­cov­ers five for­eign hostages

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Pak­istan’s mil­i­tary on Thurs­day re­cov­ered five for­eign hostages cap­tured from Afghanistan in 2012.

A mil­i­tary state­ment said: “Army (has) re­cov­ered five western hostages in­clud­ing one Cana­dian, his US Na­tional wife and their three chil­dren from ter­ror­ists’ cus­tody through an in­tel­li­gence based op­er­a­tion.”

It added: “They were cap­tured by ter­ror­ists from Afghanistan dur­ing 2012 and kept as hostages there.”

US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies, it said, had been track­ing them and shared their shift­ing across to Pak­istan on Oc­to­ber 11, 2017 through Kur­ram Agency border.

The com­mu­niqué said that the op­er­a­tion by Pak­istani forces, based on ac­tion­able in­tel­li­gence from US au­thor­i­ties, was suc­cess­ful. “All hostages were re­cov­ered safe and sound and are be­ing repa­tri­ated to the coun­try of their ori­gin,” the mil­i­tary said.

The suc­cess, it added, un­der­scores the im­por­tance of timely in­tel­li­gence shar­ing and Pak­istan’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to­wards fight­ing the men­ace through co­op­er­a­tion between two forces against a com­mon en­emy.

In Wash­ing­ton, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump hailed the re­lease of the hostages from Tal­iban cap­tiv­ity and iden­ti­fied the kid­napped cou­ple as Cait­lan Cole­man and Joshua Boyle.

He said their re­lease was a “pos­i­tive mo­ment” for US re­la­tions with Pak­istan. “The United States govern­ment, work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Govern­ment of Pak­istan, se­cured the re­lease of the Boyle-Cole­man fam­ily from cap­tiv­ity in Pak­istan,” Mr Trump said.

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