ISLAMABAD - Pakistani intelligence officials denied reports on Thursday that an American development expert, kidnapped 12 days ago in the eastern city of Lahore, had been rescued, saying an early morning rescue operation was unsuccessful.
Early reports from police officials and local media said Warren Weinstein, 70, the country director for J.E. Austin Associates Inc., an Arlington, Virginia.-based consulting firm, had been rescued in Khushab in Punjab province.
"He has not been recovered yet," a senior intelligence official in Punjab told Reuters.
He criticized the Lahore police chief, Ahmed Raza Tahir, for telling the media yesterday that Weinstein would be recovered "soon" and jeopardizing an intelligence operation to rescue him.