The tragic news of Mr. Warren Weinstein’s death reportedly in a US drone strike has shocked everyone in Pakistan. Mr. Weinstein was widely respected for his contribution and services to the local communities.
Ever since his abduction in 2011, the Governments of Pakistan and the US were in constant touch on this issue. Pakistan’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies had also been making strenuous efforts to locate the whereabouts of Mr. Weinstein. Even as Pakistan prepared to launch military operations in FATA, the law enforcement personnel were given special instructions to particularly look for possible clues that could help Pakistan locate and safely recover Mr. Warren Weinstein.
The Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC was also in regular contact with the family of Mr. Weinstein and kept the family and the US Administration and Congress informed about Pakistan’s efforts to locate Mr. Weinstein.
Having lost thousands of innocent civilians in the long and painful war against terrorism and while still struggling to locate and recover its own citizens abducted by terrorists, Pakistan can fully associate with the loss, suffering and grief of the Weinstein’s family. On behalf of the people of Pakistan, the Embassy of Pakistan expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Warren Weinstein.
Press Attache Embassy of Pakistan
April 23, 2015