WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of a Maryland man abducted in Pakistan is pleading for her husband's safe return on the one-year anniversary of his kidnapping.
Elaine Weinstein says in a statement issued Monday that her husband, Warren, is in poor health and is missed by grandchildren who ask for him every day.
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The 71-year-old Weinstein, an aid worker from Rockville, Md., was kidnapped last August in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore after gunmen tricked his guards and broke into his home.
Al-Qaida released an undated video in May in which Weinstein said he would be killed unless President Barack Obama agreed to the group's demands.
The FBI is investigating the kidnapping, but a spokeswoman says the bureau can't comment on ongoing investigations.
WUSA 9 received the following statement via email from the family of Warren Weinstein:
"One year ago my husband, Warren Weinstein, was kidnapped while working in Pakistan. We are devastated that it has been a year since he has been with us. There are so many things that we wish Warren could have shared with our family in that time. Our grandchildren are growing and changing so fast. They miss their grandfather and ask for him every day. It is so difficult to explain why he can't be with them. It is impossible to describe the pain and sadness my daughters and I feel. We are simply heart sick. I always imagined growing old with Warren and enjoying our family together.
Warren loves Pakistan and lived there for eight years so he could dedicate his time and energy to working with the people. I don't understand why he was taken. I don't know if Warren is OK or if he is being treated well. My husband is not in good health. Warren has a heart condition, high blood pressure and severe asthma. We fear that Warren's health will deteriorate if he is not allowed to see the doctors and specialists that have helped keep him alive in recent years. He is an elderly man and his heart isn't as strong as it used to be.
My only hope is that Warren will safely come home and be with me, our children and grandchildren, and the people who love us. Please, as a wife, mother, and grandmother, I'm pleading for Warren's release. If anyone has any information that will help to bring Warren home, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elaine Weinstein and family"