In October 2008 a Canadian Muslim named Beverley Giesbrecht was kidnapped in a remote region in northwestern Pakistan. Since then, her whereabouts and wellbeing are unclear. Giesbrecht has been held captive by a Muslim group since Nov. 11. She is somewhere in northern Pakistan or in Afghanistan.
A former magazine publisher and advertising saleswoman, Giesbrecht left all the trappings from her former life in West Vancouver and started calling herself Khadija Abdul Qahaar. The last direct contact that her closest friend in West Vancouver had with Ms. Giesbrecht was in July. According to one source who spoke this week to the National Post, a video of Ms. Giesbrecht in captivity surfaced last month. It is the third video to appear since her abduction last year, but the only one not to have been broadcast on television or on the Internet.