Monday, March 18, 2013

Pakistan: Update--Status Report--Kidnapped Czech Tourists Being Held by Taliban in Afghanistan

According to http://www.eturbonews.com, and as a follow-up to my previous postings concerning the March 13 kidnapping of Czech tourists Hana Humpaloia and Antonie Chrastecka, both in their 20s,while traveling by van from Iran through Pakistan's troubled province of Balochistan.

At the time of their abduction, they were seized by a formidable group of heavily-armed gunmen numbering ten and were taken away in a late-model Toyota Land-Cruiser. 

In the five days that have passed since the two Czechs were kidnapped, no organization has claimed responsibility for their seizure nor have any groups made demands of any kind. Nevertheless, the Taliban in all its forms is very active near the Iranian border, largely because Iran is a supporter of their logistical needs. 

COMMENT: Yet, hearing nothing from kidnappers for weeks or even months is not particularly alarming in this part of the world, it just means that those responsible derive some pleasure in tormenting the family and friends of kidnap victims so as to increase fear and anxiety over how their loved ones are being treated. 

As I have said previously, ANY place in Pakistan is NO place for tourists of any nation. 

As indicated previously the two victims left the Czech Republic on March 1, for a month-long trip to Iran, Pakistan, and India, which in the end may turn out to be much longer than they had anticipated. 

A search of the Czech Republic's Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed no search results for the term "travel advisories." 

In a major development, Johan Grohova, spokesman for the Czech Foreign Ministry, confirmed to http://www.eturbonews.com that Humpaloia and Chrastecka were abducted in Balochistan and have since been transferred to Afghanistan by the Taliban. This is not a good sign. 

It has been reported by family members of the two women that they took the land route by bus in order to save money on travel costs.