Despite the chill in ties over past several months, the Pakistan Army carried out a rescue operation to extract a Canadian-American family held hostage by the Taliban. The action is said to have come about after intelligence on the issue was shared by the US. The US President, so far critical of Pakistan, lauded the development and said that the release was “a positive moment” for the Washington-Islamabad relationship.
Meanwhile the Pakistan armed forces also elaborated that the hostages were a Canadian, his American wife, and their three children. The hostages were rescued “through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops and the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence).”
“US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on October 11, 2017, through the Kurram Agency border,” the ISPR said. US President Donald Trump said: “Yesterday the US government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release”. He also praised Pakistan’s cooperation, saying it was “a sign that it is honouring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region.” The US President voiced his hope to see more of such US-Pakistan cooperation “in helping secure the release of remaining hostages” and “future joint counter-terrorism operations”.