'Insiders' may be behind Brit toddler's kidnapping in Pakistan

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London, Mar.5 (ANI): Suggesting the involvement of an 'insider' in the case, Pakistan's High Commissioner in Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, has said that officials are on the right track to recover five-year old Sahil Saeed, who was kidnapped from his grandmother's house in Punjab's Jhelum region a few days back.

"We are committed to recovering the young boy. All our resources are being directed ... in Punjab. They have arrested a few persons. The initial investigation is also looking at the possibility of a sort of inside job as well. There's a possibility of someone in the family having some sort of knowledge," The Telegraph quoted Hasan, as saying.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has also directed Inspector General of Police (IGP), Punjab, to submit a report on the incident.

Even as officials claimed that they were close to solving the case, Sahil's mother has begged the abductors not to harm his little son and instead take her hostage.

Sahil, who was on a short trip to Pakistan with her father to see her ailing grandmother, was kidnapped from the house few days back by armed robbers.

The gunmen looted the family members and walked away with cash and other valuables worth 150,000 rupees before taking away Sahil with them.

They have demanded ransom money of 100,000 pounds, which the family says they have no chance of raising.

Sahil's mother, Akila Naqqash, who had not accompanied her husband and child on the visit, said there has been no news of her son since the day he was kidnapped.

"We have not heard anything from the kidnappers. All we can do is wait. We have no idea why we were targeted. We do not have any money. There is no way we could raise any-there is nothing that we can do," Naqqash, as saying.

"He is just a little boy, just five years old. He was due to come home today, please don't hurt him. My husband would swap places if he could. Take me, I'll be your hostage. We just want him back home," she added.

The kidnappers not only looted the family, but they also tortured Sahil's father for over five hours and threatened to harm the little boy before fleeing.

"They took me into the separate room and they tortured me, and said: 'We will take your son and you will have to pay 100,000 pounds'."

According to sources, two of the 'very close' associates of the kidnappers have been nabbed by the police, and security officials are confident of Sahil's safe return within the next day or two. ANI)

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