Family Released by Haqqani Network, US President Trump Says ‘Positive Moment in US-Pakistan Relations’


Time: 4:02 p.m. CEST Update: 7:55 p.m. CEST

The Haqqani network released five people held as hostages by this group with ties to the Taliban, the Associated Press reports. Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman, her husband Joshua Boyle and their three young children. The Haqqani network abducted Coleman and Joshua in Afghanistan five years ago. U.S. officials deny saying when the family considers returning to North America.

The United States President Donald Trump, as AP tweeted, “praises release of family held by Taliban-linked group,” and said it is “positive moment of US-Pakistan relations.”

Pakistani Dawn.com publishes the Inter-Services Public Relation statement saying, “U.S. intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on October 11, 2017, through the Kurram Agency border.” Last year Taliban released a video with the family showing the couple and two young boys.

ISPR handout, Dawn.com explains, “Underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan commitment to fight this menace.” Pakistani military acted upon receiving information from the U.S. intelligence services, Dawn.com writes.

After writing details on family release, CNN recalls that the U.S. military believes that Pakistan’s main intelligence organization has links with the Taliban, and the Haqqani network.

“I think it is clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups,” Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week in front of the Senate Armed Services Hearing on Afghanistan and South Asia, CNN reports.

Trump commented previously that Pakistan is not doing enough to combat terrorist groups.

The Taliban hold three other westerners as hostages, CNN adds. U.S. citizen Kevin King, 60, Australian citizen Timothy Weeks, 48 who worked as teachers at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul are kidnapped in August 2016. Paul Overb, 70, is hostage in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

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