'Three Cups of Tea' author 'to be sued': BBC

22nd April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A director at a Pakistani think-tank said Thursday he is to sue US author Greg Mortensen over alleged inaccuracies in the follow-up to his best-selling book, "Three Cups of Tea".

Mansur Khan is to take action over a picture in the "Stones into Schools" sequel which implies he was involved in the 1996 kidnapping of the humanitarian writer in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan.

Khan told broadcaster BBC he was "hurt" to find the picture's caption naming him as one of the kidnap team.

Mortensen's original hit described how the author was inspired to build a school in northern Pakistan after locals looked after him when he got lost while trekking in the area.

The former mountaineer, who is the founder and executive director of the Central Asia Institute (CAI), detailed how he was kidnapped by tribesmen, but only named his alleged abductors in the sequel.

"I am just looking at the situation to see how to approach the court and what plea to take," Khan told the BBC in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Khan claimed his family had looked after the tourist, as is tribal custom in the region.

US news programme 60 Minutes this week accused Mortensen of making up sections of his best-selling memoir.

© 2011 AFP

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