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Last Updated: Saturday March 06 2010 18:18 GMT

Boy's mum appeals to kidnappers

Sahil's mother, Akila Naqqash, holds a photo of him

The mother of a five-year-old British boy who was kidnapped while on holiday in Pakistan, has appealed to whoever took him to let him go.

Sahil Saeed, from Greater Manchester, was snatched by armed robbers on Wednesday while visiting relatives with his dad in the Punjab city of Jhelum.

His mum, Akila Naqqash, begged his kidnappers to release Sahil saying she would "forgive them" if they did.

The people who took Sahil are said to be demanding £100,000 to give him back.

Asked if she had a message for his kidnappers, Sahil's mum said: "Please give our son back and we will forgive you. I will forgive you. God will forgive you.

"All I want is the safety of my son."

Police confident

Police investigating the case in Pakistan have said they are confident Sahil will be home soon.

Several people have been arrested and two of them are said to be 'very close' to those suspected of taking Sahil.