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Plea from Scots dad of boy, 3, kidnapped in Pakistan

Shahryar Ahmad Image copyright Iftikhar Ahmad
Image caption Shahryar Ahmad was kidnapped from outside his home in Faisalabad 10 weeks ago

The Scottish father of a three-year-old boy kidnapped in Pakistan is appealing to the UK government to help find his son.

British national Shahryar Ahmad was living with his mother and brother in Faisalabad when he was taken from outside the family home on 21 August.

His father Iftikhar Ahmad, who runs a business in Stirling, wants the British government to intervene.

The Foreign Office said it is aware of the case.

Mr Ahmad was in Scotland when his son, who has never lived in Britain, was taken 10 weeks ago.

No one has yet been arrested for the abduction, and Mr Ahmad wants the British government to step in to move the search along.

He said: "We've asked the British government if they can intervene, and help put a bit of pressure on the Pakistani government to track down these people who took my boy.

"This will be very difficult for him, some stranger keeping him. He won't understand what's happening, he's very young.

"Please, let him go."

Image copyright Iftikhar Ahmed
Image caption Shahryar was living with his mother and brother in Pakistan at the time of the abduction

Stirling MP Anne McGuire is aware of the case, and the Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance to Mr Ahmad's family.

Mrs McGuire said: "I understand the Pakistan police are treating this case at the moment as a missing person and not a kidnap, although Mr Ahmad is concerned that little progress has been made - a concern I share.

"The High Commissioner in Pakistan has provided consular assistance to the family and has kept contact with the police in Faisalabad."

There have been eight abductions of British children in Pakistan so far this year, according to the Foreign Office, and MP Khalid Mahmood said there should be more security for British Pakistanis.

He said: "These are people of Pakistani heritage - why isn't there support from the interior ministry to make sure it doesn't get to this stage?

"More of this coming out actually goes against the Pakistani administration. Who wants to send their children back when these sort of things are happening?

"They really need to wake up to this issue and deal with it without members of parliament here having to raise it to a significantly high level."

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