ISLAMABAD — An American development consultant abducted by Al Qaeda in Pakistan more than two years ago has urged President Obama to help secure his freedom in an impassioned video message released by the group.
The consultant, Warren Weinstein, 72, was abducted from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore in August 2011 when a group of armed men broke into his house. Weinstein worked as the Pakistan director for J. E. Austin Associates, an international development consulting company based in Arlington, Va.
The video was released by the media wing of Al Qaeda. In a 13-minute video message, Weinstein, bearded and wearing a jacket and a dark cap, appeared distraught and dejected when he spoke about his family, his ill health and his time in captivity. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.