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Freedom hope for Pakistan kidnap boy

The Pakistani government has reassured five-year-old Sahil Saeed's father that his son will be returned to him “within 48 hours” as the police were said to be closing in on the kidnappers.

The promise of “good news” came as four members of the police's emergency response unit were suspended for failing to react to the kidnapping swiftly enough.

“Rehman Malik, the Interior Minister, visited us today and said that my son will be returned to me within 48 hours,” Raja Naqqash Saeed, Sahil's father, said.

“I asked Mr Malik what was happening to my son. He said that he was not allowed to tell me anything further. It's for the safety of my son that he could not give more details about their investigation,” Mr Saeed added.

Mr Malik was equally coy. “We have certain leads that I would not like to discuss,” the Interior Minister said.

Mr Saeed's son was snatched last Wednesday from his grandmother's home in the town of Jhelum, hours before he and his father were due to fly back to Britain.

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