Kidnappers threatened to maim British boy, claims father

LONDON: The father of a five-year-old British boy held hostage for 12 days in Pakistan said today the kidnappers had threatened to chop off parts of the boy’s body if he did not pay a ransom.

Raja Naqqash Saeed told the Mail on Sunday newspaper how the gang holding his son Sahil had warned: “Do exactly as we say, or you will be receiving a little gift — any part of his body.” When he tried to explain that he could not afford the amount they wanted, the gang said: “Look, you know how we came to your house in jackets packed with bullets and grenades? “You know what we can do to him — we can put a jacket around him with grenades and explosives and blow him to pieces. And we will deliver what’s left of him to you in a bin bag on a roundabout.” Sahil was snatched at gunpoint from his grandmother’s house in the town of Jhelum, about 100 km south of Islamabad, in the early hours of March 4 at the end of a family holiday.

Pakistani and British officials launched a hunt for the boy and 12 days later Sahil was recovered safe in a field near Jhelum — but only after the boy’s uncle had paid a 110,000-pound ransom.

That was largely recovered, however, in an international operation that resulted in five arrests in France and Spain.