Pakistan Army recovered on Thursday five foreign hostages captured from Afghanistan in 2012, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
“Army [has] recovered five western hostages including one Canadian, his US National wife and their three children from terrorists’ custody through an intelligence based operation,” it announced in a statement.
“They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there.”
US intelligence agencies, it added, had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on Oct 11, 2017 through Kurram Agency border.
The communiqué said that the operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities, was successful. “All hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin,” the military’s media wing added.
The success, it added, underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan’s continued commitment towards fighting the menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.