Canadian woman, feared murdered in Pakistan after a lengthy disappearance, is the latest in a series of baffling cases of Canadian citizens who have lately disappeared in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Rajvinder Kaur Gill
Went missing in Lahore, August, 2012
This Canadian went missing the day that she arrived in Lahore last August, according to a global Interpol notice.
A Pakistani newspaper reported Wednesday police believe Ms. Gill was murdered by a German acquaintance who owed her money.
A spokeswoman for Canada’s Foreign Affairs Department said on Wednesday that its diplomats “are providing consular assistance to the family of a Canadian citizen reported to have passed away in Pakistan.”
Went missing near Ghazni, Afghanistan, October, 2012
A 29-year-old son of a tax-court judge and his new American wife were last heard from in October. Mr. Boyle told family members he and his wife were travelling outside of Kabul. (Mr. Boyle previously made headlines for his short marriage to Zaynab Khadr, whose family has become infamous for its connections to al-Qaeda.)
Later that same month, regional media reported that an unnamed Canadian man and American woman had been kidnapped by an insurgent group.
Kidnapped in Ghazni, Afghanistan, October, 2011
One year before Mr. Boyle, another Canadian went missing in the same general area.
Mr. Rutherford had left a job in Toronto, telling friends that he wanted to go abroad to learn Pashto – but after several months of travel, he was kidnapped in Ghazni.
Taliban figures released a YouTube video of him in captivity. “I came as a tourist,” Mr. Rutherford is filmed saying.
Presumed dead; missing in Miran Shah in North Waziristan, Pakistan, February, 2009
A B.C-based filmmaker and blogger who had converted to Islam after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Ms. Giesbrecht had journeyed to Pakistan’s tribal areas in hopes of making a documentary.
She was abducted. Later a ransom video surfaced in which she pleaded for her life.
“We have reason to believe that Ms. Giesbrecht passed away in late 2010,” a Canadian Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Ferid Imam and Miawand Yar
Alleged radicals last spotted near Miran Shah in North Waziristan, Pakistan
These two men had met as science students at the University of Manitoba before journeying together to the tribal regions of Pakistan in 2007.
They are now considered fugitives, with Canadian and U.S. police alleging they joined al-Qaeda in Pakistan.
The region where they disappeared is a magnet for missile strikes from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency drone planes aiming to kill senior al-Qaeda members.