Police Investigating American Abduction

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LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Pakistani police worked Monday for leads in the weekend abduction of an American working with a U.S. consulting company in Lahore.

Pakistani media reported authorities had made little headway in the case thus far, about 30 hours after the man, identified as Warren Weinstein, reportedly was abducted by gunmen who broke into his home in the upscale Model Town section Lahore.

The 70-year-old Warren Weinstein is the Pakistan director for J.E. Austin Associates, an international development consulting company based in Arlington, Va., The New York Times reported. The report said he had been living in Lahore since 2006 but was planning to leave Pakistan soon.

Pakistan’s News International reported the investigation was being led by four police teams, who had questioned some of the security guards.

“So far, we have no specific lead to work on,” police official Malik Awais was quoted as saying.

Another police official said a motive behind the kidnapping had yet to be ascertained.

A police official said there had not been any ransom calls.

Dawn newspaper said the abductors had not contacted the U.S. Embassy.

One investigator told Dawn that police, using information provided by the security guards and Weinstein’s driver, had developed sketches of the kidnappers, who were wearing shirts and trousers and spoke Urdu.

The Times, citing J.E. Austin’s Web site, reported Weinstein, who has a doctorate in international law and economics and speaks six foreign languages, had been working on the company’s Pakistan initiative for strategic development and competitiveness.

The report quoted police that at least seven men broke into Weinstein’s home early Saturday.

U.S.-Pakistan relations are deeply strained since May 2 when a U.S. Navy SEALs team, flying into Pakistan without informing Pakistani authorities, killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Abbottabad.

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