Taliban denies rescued Canadian hostage's accusations

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Boyle told The Canadian Press that conditions during the five-year ordeal changed over time as the family was shuffled among at least three prisons.

On October 12, a Canadian citizen, his USA national wife and their 3 children were recovered from the the Haqqani network by the Pakistan army around five years after their abduction in Afghanistan.

Mr Boyle said his wife was raped by a guard who was assisted by his superiors. He suffered only a shrapnel wound, his family said.

Talking to media persons in Sialkot on Sunday, Asif said that Pakistan has been cooperating with the United States over past many years but it always suffered losses due to relations with US. In the two seats next to her were her two elder children. The CBC said Boyle told them his four year-old was examining post-it notes and curtains and board games.

They were rescued on Wednesday, five years after they had been abducted by the Taliban-linked extremist Haqqani network while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan.

The family were freed on Wednesday when the Pakistani army shot out the tires of a vehicle carrying the family during a rescue based on intelligence shared by USA authorities.

In a video released by Pakistan's military that was filmed before he left that country for home, Boyle said Pakistani security forces positioned themselves between the hostages and their Haqqani network captors to keep the family safe amid the gunfire.

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He said the Haqqani leadership authorized the murder of his daughter in retaliation for his refusal to accept an offer from the kidnappers, but didn't elaborate on the offer. He said the rape was not the action of a lone guard but aided by the captain of the guard and a Haqqani commander he identified as Abu Hajr. The Haqqani Network is headed by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also the Afghan Taliban's deputy leader.

"The murder of a child is... a baseless allegation although during a period of detention an incident did take place when the woman became ill. Did we not put bullets in those bastards?'" Boyle recalled, appearing beside his wife and children in the video.

"It will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home", he said in his later statement at the airport.

Meanwhile Coleman's father criticized his son in-law for having taken his heavily pregnant wife to Afghanistan in 2012. "Taking your pregnant wife to a very unsafe place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable", said Jim Coleman.

According to US media, Boyle might face questioning in the United States for allegedly having contacts with a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, Omar Khadr. Boyle was active in the campaign to win Khadr's release from Guantanamo and his transfer to Canada in 2012.

The foreign minister said that the US President had acknowledged Pakistan's efforts to curb terrorism and appreciated its willingness to collaborate with his administration.

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