Kidnapped US aid worker in new al Qaeda video
Islamabad: Ailing American aid worker Warren Weinstein, kidnapped by al Qaeda from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore last year, has pleaded with US President Barack Obama to meet the demands of his captors so that he can be freed.
Weinstein, 70, made the plea in a video released by al Qaeda's media wing, terrorism monitoring organisation SITE Intelligence Group said.
The short video was posted on several Islamist websites yesterday.
"My life is in your hands, Mr President. If you accept the demands, I live. If you don't accept the demands, then I die," Weinstein was quoted as saying in the video by SITE.
He sent a message to his wife, saying: "I'm well. I'm getting all my medications. I'm being taken care of".
There was no indication when or where the video was filmed.
It is believed to be the first video featuring Weinstein, who is seen wearing a white shalwar-kameez.
Weinstein, the Pakistan head of US-based consulting firm J E Austin Associates, was kidnapped by armed men from his home in Lahore on August 13 last year.
Last year, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said Weinstein would be freed if the US stopped air strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen and released al Qaeda and Taliban suspects around the world.