TRUMP PRAISES RELEASE OF CANADIAN FAMILY, SAYS ‘POSITIVE’ FOR US-PAK RELATIONS
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army said yesterday that it had recovered five foreign hostages from terrorists in an operation based on intelligence shared by the United States. An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement yesterday said the hostages included a Canadian, his American wife, and their three children. The hostages were recovered “through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops.” “They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan in 2012 and kept as hostages there,” the ISPR handout said. “US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on Oct 11, 2017, through the Kurram Agency border.” The operation was conducted by the Army “based on actionable intelligence from US authorities.” The recovered hostages “are being repatriated to their country of origin,” the ISPR said. The success 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, ISPR added. Meanwhile AFP adds, President Donald Trump yesterday announced that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of a American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taliban captivity. The US leader identified the kidnapped couple as Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, and said their release was a “positive moment” for US relations with Pakistan. “Ms Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity,” Trump said, in a White House statement. “Today, they are free.” Trump said that the family had been held hostage by the Haqqani network, “a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban.” It may be mentioned here that Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped by the Afghan Taliban during a 2012 backpacking trip to war-torn Afghanistan, and they appeared in a hostage video in December last year pleading for their release. “This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan. The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region,” Trump said. “We hope to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations.” White House statement In 2012, Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were taken captive and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban. Ms. Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity. Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan. Today they are free. This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan.