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Sahil Saeed: Taliban, Sobbing Mum, A jacket Potato And Sahil Shaeed

SAHIL Saeed Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance round-up of the kidnapped British boy in the news. Sahil, from Oldham, was kidnapped in Pakistan. He is being held for a £100,000 ransom. Now read on…

It’s front-page news on the Times and The Guardian, the latter reporting that this one could run and run:

Salma Jafar, head of programmes for Save the Children UK in Pakistan, said child kidnapping was a huge problem. She said: “Children may be kidnapped for trafficking for child labour or for sexual exploitation, and are also sometimes kidnapped because of family disputes.

“Kidnapping is a growing phenomenon. The ransom depends on the family’s financial situation. Sometimes, if they cannot pay, it may be months before they are reunited with their son or daughter.

Or it might be over pretty quick, as the Mirror reports:

Pakistan’s High Commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul, insisted: “The boy should be returned some time soon. I’m optimistic.”

And you can rule out the Taliban, say the Guardian:

The manner of Sahil’s kidnapping suggests it was not carried out by militants.

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Posted: 5th, March 2010 | In: Reviews | Comment