ISLAMABAD: The United States has condemned the killing of three Baloch political leaders, saying one of them had helped in the release of a kidnapped American UN official.
'We condemn the recent killings of three Baloch leaders,’ the US Embassy in Islamabad said in a statement.
'One of the individuals played an active role in efforts towards the release of an American citizen and UNHCR official John Solecki.’
Solecki, 49, head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in Balochistan, was kidnapped in Quetta on Feb 2.
A previously unknown separatist group, Balochistan Liberation United Front, said it had kidnapped him and had demanded the release of prisoners it said were being held by the government.
Solecki was released last Saturday, shortly after the three Baloch leaders were taken away by unidentified men.
The US embassy said the role by one of the three leaders killed, Ghulam Mohammed Baloch, in efforts to secure Solecki’s release had been greatly appreciated. ‘We call on Pakistani authorities to thoroughly investigate these three deaths and to bring those responsible to justice,’ the embassy said.
Click to view image: '8c5cf5a73600-kar01_pakistan_0409_11_10248256copy.jpg'
|Liveleak on Facebook|