Saudi Citizen Kidnapped in Islamabad, Police Launch Investigation

A Saudi Arabian citizen was reportedly kidnapped in Islamabad, Pakistan, prompting a police investigation and cooperation with the Saudi Embassy to ensure the victim's safe return. The incident raises concerns about the safety of expatriates and diplomats in the country.

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Saudi Citizen Kidnapped in Islamabad, Police Launch Investigation

Saudi Citizen Kidnapped in Islamabad, Police Launch Investigation

A Saudi Arabian citizen, Hanan Abdullah al-Bashar, was reportedly kidnapped from Sector F8 in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday. The Margalla police station registered a First Information Report (FIR) at the request of an official from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Pakistan, Badar Al Haribi.

The complaint, filed under Section 365 of the Pakistan Penal Code, alleges that Abdul Wahid Shahid Khan abducted the Saudi citizen. The police have confirmed the registration of the FIR and stated that an investigation into the matter has been launched.

The FIR emphasizes the urgency of the situation and the need for the kidnapper to face legal consequences, as well as the prompt recovery of the abducted individual. "The police were ordered to rescue the foreign citizen from the abductor," the report states.

The Saudi Embassy is closely monitoring the situation and is actively cooperating with Pakistani law enforcement agencies to ensure the safe return of their citizen. "The Saudi Embassy filed a request with the police for the recovery of the citizen," according to the FIR.

Why this matters: The abduction of a foreign national in Pakistan's capital city has raised concerns about the safety and security of expatriates and diplomats in the country. The incident may strain diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan if not resolved swiftly and satisfactorily.

The incident comes amid a rise in kidnapping cases in Islamabad, such incidents reported in the past two months. In a similar case last week, Rehmatullah Khan, a Grade 18 officer of the Inland Revenue Service, was also abducted from Rawalpindi, with the kidnappers demanding a ransom of Rs 10 million. The police have launched investigations into both incidents to recover the victims and apprehend the perpetrators.

Key Takeaways

  • Saudi citizen Hanan Abdullah al-Bashar was kidnapped in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • FIR filed by the Saudi Embassy, accusing Abdul Wahid Shahid Khan of abduction.
  • Police ordered to rescue of the abducted Saudi citizen and investigate the incident.
  • The incident raises concerns about the safety and security of expatriates in Pakistan.
  • Kidnapping cases are on the rise in Islamabad, with over 200 incidents in 2 months.