American Kidnapped in Pakistan Feels 'Forgotten'

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An abducted 72-year-old American in Pakistan says he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten."

In a video released Thursday, Warren Weinstein appealed to President Barack Obama to negotiate his release from al Qaeda. He was kidnapped more than two years ago from his home in Lahore.

"Nine years ago I came to Pakistan to help my government, and I did so at a time when most Americans would not come here, and now when I need my government it seems that I have been totally abandoned and forgotten," Weinstein said during the 13-minute video. "And so I again appeal to you to instruct your appropriate officials to negotiate my release."

Weinstein is the director for J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based firm that advises Pakistani business and government sectors.
 
Reporters in Pakistan received the video and an accompanying letter emailed anonymously. The video was labelled "As-Sahab," which is al Qaeda's media wing,  but its authenticity could not be independently verified. The letter was dated Oct. 3, 2013.
 
Al Qaeda has said Weinstein would be released if the United States halted airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. The group also demanded the release of all al Qaeda and Taliban suspects across the globe.
 
The White House has called for Weinstein's immediate release but also refuses to negotiate with al Qaeda.

Weinstein appealed for help from the Jewish community and Israel's prime minister in videos released last year.

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