Mr Malik Iqbal
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British man kidnapped on holiday in Pakistan

5 live Investigates has learnt that the number of kidnappings of British citizens in Pakistan has almost trippled over four years.

The figures are still small, from eight to 22, but a spokesperson from the Serious and Organised Crime Association (SOCA) says this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Malik Iqbal is from Bradford. In September he travelled to Pakistan on a family holiday where, two days before he was due home, he was kidnapped.

He was released after a ransom was paid but is still fighting for justice.

He says Pakistan is a dangerous place for Britons who are seen as easy targets for kidnappers, and believes not enough is being done by both the Pakistani and British authorities to catch the perpetrators.

In a statement the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said, "the Pakistani authorities are concerned about the risk to foreigners of kidnapping. If you are intending to travel to Pakistan, even if you are a regular visitor with family links, you should follow the developing situation in the news media and consult FCO Travel Advice regularly.

"You should also register with the British High Commission and take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling."

You can hear the full report on 5 live Investigates on Sunday 4 December at 21:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live.

You can also listen again via the 5 live website or by downloading the 5 live Investigates podcast.

  • 02 Dec 2011
  • From the section UK
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