British national killed in Pakistan
Islamabad: A British national of Pakistani origin was murdered in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, days before he was to give evidence against a gang of men accused of kidnapping him last year.
Malik Muhammad Iqbal, a 55-year-old resident of Bradford, was shot dead by masked men on Friday, police said.
The father-of-four had come to Pakistan to testify against the men who allegedly kidnapped him.
He was killed at the house where he was staying in Rawalpindi.
Iqbal was held hostage for 20 days in September last year and was released after a ransom of 15,000 pounds was paid.
Police said they were investigating the possibility that Iqbal was killed by the men who had been accused of kidnapping him.
They said two women arrested in connection with the abduction had their bail petitions rejected on the same day Iqbal was killed.
Iqbal's nephew Mohammad Ashfaq said his uncle had received threats.
Iqbal had been abducted while visiting relatives in Rawalpindi and was kept in a shed on a farm.
His friends in Britain told the media that Iqbal was very determined to go through with the trial of his abductors.
Kidnapping for ransom is an increasingly common crime in Pakistan.
Several foreign nationals of Pakistani origin have been kidnapped while visiting family over the past few years.