Canadian national Joshua Boyle's parents laud Pak Army for rescue operation


USA officials expressed hope that the hostages' freedom could represent a turning point in relations between Pakistan and the United States, uneasy allies in fighting Taliban and other Islamist extremists in the region. The Pakistani Army announced it had freed the couple along with their three children - all of whom were born in captivity.

The parents of Canadian national Joshua Boyle lauded Pak Army soldiers for their rescue operation that led to the recovery of their son, held hostage by Taliban in 2012.

Through the years, videos and letters trickled out from their captors: Coleman and Boyle begging for freedom and for "money, power and friends" for the Haqqani network holding them prisoner.

A senior Pakistani security source on Friday detailed how the family, who were expected to leave Pakistan on Friday, were freed following a auto chase in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

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USA intelligence agencies, it said, had been tracking them and shared their shifting across to Pakistan on October 11, 2017 through Kurram Agency border.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with official protocol.

In recent days, senior US officials have been more pointed about Islamabad's alleged ties to militant groups, who are battling against USA and U.S. -backed forces in a stalemated 16-year-old war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Freeland said she and Trudeau mentioned Boyle's case with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump during their Wednesday trip to Washington. "The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America's wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region".

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Pakistani officials bristle at claims Islamabad is not doing enough to tackle Islamist militants. It did not say when they were rescued.

The last known footage of Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman surfaced in December past year when they appeared in video urging their governments to secure their release. Some U.S. officials say Pakistani safe havens have helped prolong the conflict. It added that United States intelligence agencies had been tracking the family in Afghanistan, and reported that on 11 October they had moved across the border into the Kurram tribal district of Pakistan.

The Toronto Star reported that Boyle spoke to his parents after his release and told them he'd been in the trunk of the kidnappers' auto with his wife and children when Pakistani forces rescued them.

Boyle was once married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr and the daughter of a late senior al-Qaida financier, according to The Associated Press.

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The Toronto Star reported that the last words Boyle heard from the kidnappers were "kill the hostages".