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    Three held over Pakistan kidnap boy


    by ODN


    Three people have been arrested in Spain in connection with the kidnap of a five-year-old boy in Pakistan, according to reports.

    Sahil Saeed, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was on holiday with his father, Raja Naqqash Saeed, in the Punjab region when he was snatched by gunmen.

    He was found by locals wandering in a field on Tuesday, alone but unharmed, and handed over to Pakistani police.

    Rana Sanaullah, the Punjab law minister, said he believed a ransom demand of £100,000 was paid by Sahil's father and told a local TV station the money had been paid "not in Britain, but in another country".

    "We are trying to bust this gang with the help of other countries," he added.

    The Spanish media reported two Pakistani men and a Romanian woman have been arrested near Tarragona in north-east Spain in connection with the case.

    The youngster's return is being organised by the British High Commission in Islamabad.

    It is thought his father, Raja Naqqash Saeed, 28, is flying to Pakistan to collect his son, who was held captive for 12 days.

    His mother, Akila Naqqash, 31, spoke of her joy after hearing that her boy was safe on Tuesday.

    Speaking from the family home she said: "I need to see him with my own eyes to believe it. The police are looking after him. We are just watching the news. We are not travelling out there. He will fly back but we don't know when yet."