Tuesday, November 2, 2010

'Abducted Canadian journalist and Muslim convert dead'

If this is the same woman, she ran a website where she sought to justify, the Koranic mentions of calls to commit terror. She had become radical leaning in her outlook. And obviously thought she would be in good company in Pakistan's troubled areas.

Here is something from the Jawa Report, on dear Bev.:

We've been following the story of Beverly Giesbrecht (aka, Khadija Abdul Qahar) fairly closely for years now. As the owner and operator of the "Jihad Unspun" website, she wrote countless stories about how US and Canadian troops were the "real terrorists" and how the Taliban were simply anti-imperialist freedom fighters -- the "resistance" as she liked to call them.

I actually knew Beverly was on her way to Pakistan as she and I crossed paths at some Islamist forums. She was at the forums looking for video and trying to hook up with "resistance fighters" who could help her and Phil Rees -- who she claimed to be working with --- on their "documentary" about "Islamic resistance". A "documentary" she claimed would show the "resistance" point of view.

Peshawar: A woman journalist from Canada, who was abducted by militants in November 2008, has died following prolonged illness in the custody of the Taliban somewhere in northwest Pakistan or Afghanistan, sources said Tuesday.

Khadija Abdul Qahar, 55, who was known as Beverly Giesbrecht before she converted to Islam, was abducted along with her translator Salman Khan and cook-cum-driver Zar Muhammad while travelling to Miranshah in the restive North Waziristan tribal region.

The three were abducted in the Bannu region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on November 11, 2008. Salman Khan and Zar Muhammad were released after eight months of captivity due to efforts made by the head of a religious party.

Khan disclosed after his release that Qahar was suffering from hepatitis and was mentally prepared for death. She was not very optimistic about her release, he had then said.

The sources said Qahar was not subjected to any "physical punishment" by her abductors. News about her death is being kept secret and pro-Taliban circles too expressed ignorance about the development.

There was also no official word on reports about the death of Qahar, who was the owner and publisher of jihadunspun.com website.

In an "urgent request" posted on her website under her byline, Qahar had asked for help in getting out of Pakistan, which she described as "erupting into a full-scale war zone."

The Canadian and Pakistan governments had launched joint efforts for her safe release but failed to achieve any positive results.

The Taliban had demanded USD two million as ransom and release of some of their detained leaders for her release.

The abductors had earlier threatened to kill Qahar if their demand for ransom was not met by March 30, 2009.

A video sent to the Miranshah Press Club showed Qahar pleading: "Please help me. Please help me... I request the Canadian government, human rights organisations and media associations to accept their demands and get me released, otherwise they will kill me."

In a previous footage released around the end of February, two militants carrying AK-47 assault rifles were shown standing behind Qahar.

On that occasion, she had pointed to the two armed men, saying they would kill her if their demands were not accepted.

Zee News

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