Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old U.S. citizen kidnapped in Pakistan last year has made an emotional plea to Barack Hussein Obama to meet al Qaeda’s demands in order to save his life, according to a video released on several Islamist websites, yesterday.
(Beheading video to follow shortly)
Weinstein, a development consultant, working for J.E. Austin Associates Inc., a consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia.was abducted in August from his home in the city of Lahore. In December, al Qaeda claimed responsibility for his capture. Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of the terror network, listed eight demands that he said, if met, would result in Weinstein’s release. The demands related to issues in the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Al Qaeda’s demands include the lifting of the blockade on movement of people and trade between Egypt and Gaza; an end to bombing by the United States and its allies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza; the release of anyone arrested on charges of belonging to al Qaeda and the Taliban; the release of all prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and American secret prisons and the closure of Guantanamo and the other prisons; the release of terrorists convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center; and the release of relatives of Osama bin Laden, the founder of al Qaeda who was killed last year in Pakistan.