Officials confirm that Canadian woman was kidnapped in Pakistan

Canadian officials have been working with Pakistani authorities to seek the release of a Canadian woman who was kidnapped in Pakistan earlier this week, Canada's foreign affairs department said Friday. Canadian newspapers including The Globe & Mail and The Vancouver Sun have reported that Beverly Giesbrecht, 52, from Vancouver, British Columbia, was on a freelance reporting assignment when she was kidnapped in northern Pakistan on Tuesday. Giesbrecht runs the Web site, which is critical of the US-led war and the mainstream media's coverage of it. She adopted the name Khadija Abdul Qahaar after she converted to Islam in 2002 following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.