WASHINGTON (AP) — A friend and business associate of an American development expert kidnapped in Pakistan is describing the kidnap victim as intelligent, generous and devoted to his work.

Warren Weinstein was abducted early Saturday from his home in the eastern city of Lahore from gunmen who tricked his guards and broke into the house.

Weinstein, 70, was the country director for Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates, based in Arlington, Va. The company said in a statement that his efforts created hundreds of jobs and raised the standard of living in Pakistani communities.

Mike Redwood, a leather industry consultant from Somerset, England, says he befriended Weinstein while working on “a strategic plan for the Pakistani leather industry.” He describes Weinstein as “a very committed and special person.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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