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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kidnapped British-origin Pakistani boy recovered

JEHLUM, March 16 : Pakistani-origin British child Sahil Saeed who was kidnapped from his family house in Jehlum was found in Dinga town of District Kharian, Punjab, police sources said.
DSP Kharian, Sultan Meeran said that the child has been handed over to Jehlum Town Administration. Unidentified abductors left the child near a school at Chanan village in Kharian, he added.
He said that the boy was found on Tuesday in the town of Dinga in Punjab province. Dinga is some 20 miles (30 kilometers) from his relatives' house in Jehlum where he was kidnapped by armed robbers on March 4 from his grandmother's house in Jehlum during a robbery.
Talking to a private TV channel on Tuesday, child’s grandfather Raja Basharat said abductors left the child near a school in Dinga Town in Kharian and currently he is in custody of Jehlum Administration
Raja Basharat said no ransom has been paid for the release of the child.
Meanwhile, British High Commissioner Adam Thomson confirmed the boy had been found and thanked the Pakistani authorities for their cooperation in the search.
The missing British boy Sahil Saeed has been found safe and well in Pakistan says the British High Commission in Islamabad.
Five-year-old Saeed was snatched from a house in the Punjab region of the country on March 4 after robbers held his family hostage at gunpoint.
"This is fantastic news. It brings to an end the traumatic ordeal faced by Sahil and his family," British High Commissioner Adam Thomson said in a statement read out by a spokesman for the diplomatic mission.
"I would like to praise the high level of cooperation between UK and Pakistani authorities and in particular I would like to thank the Jhelum police for their role in bringing about the safe return of Sahil," he added. The British High Commissioner gave no details as to when, where or how the boy had been released”.
The Interior Minister Rehman Mailk also confirmed the boy was released by Punjab police.
Rana Sanaullah also appreciated the efforts of the Jehlum Police for recovering the missing boy.
''I highly appreciate the efforts of our Pakistani agencies who worked professionally and in particular I would like to thank the Jehlum Police for their role in bringing about the safe return of Sahil" he said.

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