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Brit killed in Pakistan after returning to testify against kidnappers

A British man has been shot dead in Pakistan after traveling to the country to testify against a gang suspected of kidnapping him during a visit there last year.

Father of four Malik Muhammad Iqbal, 55, from Bradford, was killed on Friday night by masked men in Rawalpindi.

Iqbal had agreed to return to the city for the trial of the men who had seized him in September before chaining and starving him for nearly 3 weeks.

He was released after his family paid a ransom believed to be £20,000.

Soon after his release Iqbal had vowed in an interview with the BBC to never go back to Pakistan, adding that British citizens were seen as “wealthy” and “good targets.”

He had however pledged to seek justice by returning to the country, fully aware of the risk.

Police officials said that two women held in connection with Iqbal’s abduction last September had their bail pleas rejected the same day he was killed.

– UKAsian Staff

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