Pak Video Shows Abducted UN Official

A video that aired on Pakistan’s Geo TV network on Friday appeared to show John Solecki, an American UN official, who was kidnapped in Pakistan’s Quetta, earlier this month. In a cryptic message, the man who appeared to be Solecki urged his officials to “solve the problem.” In the video, the man says: “This is a message to the United Nations. I am not feeling well. I’m in trouble. “Please help solve the problem soon so I can gain my release.” Geo TV said the tape was sent to its News Online Web site and posted there before it aired on the network. Solecki heads the UNHCR office in Quetta, a city in southwestern Pakistan that is the provincial capital of Balochistan. He was kidnapped by militants February 2 while on his way to work, in a brazen daylight attack, the organization said. His driver, Syed Hashim of Quetta, was fatally injured, police said. No group has claimed responsibility for abducting Solecki. Shortly after the kidnapping, the UN headquarters in Islamabad said it was “taking all possible measures to secure (Solecki’s) release.” (Excerpted from CNN)

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