In his profile on the Web John Lo Porto states that he arrived in Pakistan last October to participate as a "project manager" for the construction of emergency shelters in southern Punjab. He previously served in Haiti, and before that had worked with Cesvi for nine months, an Italian NGO in development cooperation, based in Bergamo.
Police surrounded the compound and put the area under control, where there are several armed anti-government groups such as the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni group, responsible for attacks and violence. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that "all useful channels to follow the case closely have been activated and the family of the young man informed” and "as with other cases, we will adopt a line of restraint. " It 'very likely that the kidnapped was motivated not by political reasons, but financial ones.
General Ubaidullah Khan Khattak, head of the Frontier Corps said yesterday that abductions have grown to an alarming level, particularly in Balochistan, but also in the rest of the country, and have become a regular source of funding for militant groups. "The militants, Taliban or Balouch, use kidnappings to generate funds. They target foreigners, with the intention of obtaining a ransom in dollars. "