General Islamabad

Islamabad: Members of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Anti Kidnap and Extortion Unit (AKEU) visited Islamabad from to conduct a seminar on the subject of kidnapping with Pakistani police officers and prosecutors.

The seminar was held at the National Police Academy in Islamabad and formally opened by Helena I Saeed (PSP), the Deputy Inspector General of National Police Bureau, and Head of the SOCA AKEU, Rob Ormsby.

Pakistani officers were invited from all provinces of the country to participate in the seminar. AKEU expressed their gratitude that 22 Pakistani officials, including one female ASP participated and that these police officers were so willing to share their experiences with the United Kingdom.

Case studies and strategies for the prevention and detection of kidnap were discussed in detail as well as managing and dealing with family and hostage issues.

Speaking at the seminar, Rob Ormsby, Head of the SOCA AKEU said:“This seminar has boosted our mutual confidence in our shared approach towards safely recovering hostages, which will always be the primary objective of both our countries.

Our visiting UK team have been extremely impressed with the professionalism of our Pakistani colleagues and note the exceptional difficulties in which they work, including the extreme threats they face.”

The UK has a significant number of nationals visiting Pakistan, some of whom unfortunately become victims of crime including kidnap. When unfortunate events like these occur, the Pakistan Police may request assistance from the SOCA AKEU and a senior investigating officer in the UK, to investigate the crime.