Two years ago, two Czech women (Antonie Chrástecká – the skinnier one – and Hana Humpálová) were going to spend 8 weeks in India. However, before they got there, they were kidnapped by a militant group in Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan.
Czech government's negotiations with Pakistani authorities have been useless. After one such failed attempt, the Czech president Miloš Zeman told the Pakistani ambassador to Czechia that "your secret agency is worth a pile of cr*p. Can you explain to me how it's possible that two weeks after our compatriots were kidnapped, the governor of Balochistan was abducted as well?"
It looked hopeless but three days ago or so, the Turkish humanitarian NGO called IHH managed to convince the Pakistani radicals and the girls were freed. They spent a day in Turkey and returned to the Czech homeland on the following day.
In Pakistan, they have been kept in the same room for 2 years. They couldn't see the sun. Now they're free. One of them still thinks that their freedom may be just a dream.
It's pretty much a happy end. An NGO from Turkey – where women are not just furniture, as in Pakistan, but something in between furniture and a human being – is arguably the optimum player for similar negotiations. They sufficiently understand both cultures which is helpful. After many previous attempts have failed, the women's families directly asked IHH and IHH succeeded after two months of efforts. But we're also being told that Qatar – asked by the Czech authorities – has contributed to the success in some way.
People are sort of happy but the president won't meet those girls. "I will definitely not meet these two women," Zeman said during a radio interview today. "They have acted irresponsibly and created lots of anxiety for their families, friends, and also for the Czech state. They're nothing like Zikmund and Hanzelka, two famous Czech travelers half a century ago. It's more likely that I will secretly invite those who have liberated the women. When it comes to these two girls, I will just remotely wish them not to repeat the same stupidity again. And I also urge everyone else who would think about visiting similar places to learn a lesson from the women's experience."
Most Czech folks, including Zeman's traditional foes, agree with him, and so do I. It is just stupid for people – especially women – to travel to these dangerous places of the Muslim world without some sensible protection.
Google News about the happy end