Canadian Beverly Giesbrecht dead in Pakistan border region: report

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      A West Vancouver woman held by the Taliban has allegedly passed away in the border region of Pakistan-Afghanistan.

      According to India Express, a major English-language daily newspaper in India, Khadija Abdul Qahaar has succumbed to a prolonged illness.

      Qahaar, who changed her name from Beverly Giesbrecht, was captured by the Taliban in November 2008. In a video published on the Globe and Mail’s website on March 20, 2009, Qahaar said that she expected to be killed by the end of that month.

      The India Express report states that according to Salman Khan, Qahaar’s translator who was captured with her but later released, Qahaar has long been sick with hepatitis.

      Qahaar was not being subjected to “physical punishment” by her Taliban captors, the report continues.

      India Express only attributed news of Qahaar’s death to a “source”.

      Qahaar traveled to Pakistan in April 2007 where she worked as a self-described freelance journalist. She was reportedly taken hostage by the Taliban while travelling through North Waziristan, a region of Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt.

      The 53-year-old woman was a born-again Christian until shortly after the September 11 attacks, when she embraced Islam. For several years, she maintained a website where she regularly espoused ideas and arguments similar to those of Islamic fundamentalists.

      Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not immediately confirm or deny news of Qahaar’s death.

      In March 2009, Khadija Abdul Qahaar appeared in a video claiming that if a ransom was not paid, she would be killed by the end of the month.

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      Nov 2, 2010 at 12:24pm

      "The 53-year-old woman was a born-again Christian until shortly after the September 11 attacks, when she embraced Islam."

      Darwin: 1
      Religious fundamentalism (Christian and Islamic): 0

      David Emerscam

      Nov 2, 2010 at 12:26pm

      I'm sorry for her family.

      Jimbo Brate

      Nov 2, 2010 at 8:02pm

      She learned a lesson about Islam. A woman joining Islam makes as much sense as a Jew joining the Nazi party.

      KiDDAA Magazine

      Nov 2, 2010 at 9:34pm

      A born again Christian who converted to Islam. All these religions are from the Middle East including Judaism. Why she was in Pakistan, not the smartest.


      Nov 3, 2010 at 10:42pm

      This lady felt a strong need to try help understand what is going on. Her country helps in the war, so she does this to try change the situation.

      Very honorable woman.


      Nov 4, 2010 at 11:48am

      ... wow.. I am shocked that no one has blamed Campbell yet and called for an enquiry .....religion is just another gateway drug to personal disaster...


      May 6, 2011 at 9:28pm

      'self described freelance journalist'.....and she wanders into this dangerous place figuring her muslim faith would somehow render her untouchable? Women of the world...being naive can get you in trouble.