A terrified Sainsbury’s worker and his family are trapped in Pakistan after having their passports and £9,000 in cash stolen in an armed raid.
Ghulam Hussain, who lives in Hartwell End, Aylesbury, took his wife and two children to Pindora Hardo, 40 miles south of Islamabad, three weeks ago.
They were meeting Mr Hussain’s father, Ghulam Rabbani, also from Aylesbury, who had travelled to their native village a week before.
But shortly after the family were reunited, four armed men stormed into their home, threatened them with guns telling them not to move or they would be shot.
The gang then demanded they hand over passports, identification, and nearly £9,000 in cash as well as the gold jewellery the family were wearing.
Following the ordeal, the family now face an anxious wait as a police investigation is carried out, but must endure uncertain weeks in the country with no money and travel documents.
We are trying to get them home as soon as possibleGhulam Hussain’s brother Talib
Talib Hussain, brother of Mr Hussain, who works as a parking attendant at Sainsbury’s in Aylesbury town centre, said: “We are really worried about it all but are speaking with them all the time.
“We are trying to get them home as soon as possible.
“They only went there for a holiday and now we are worried about how they are going to get back.
“This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened to somebody over there, and we want the authorities to do more to make it safe for people visiting.”
He added: “Lots of people will know my brother, he is a really friendly guy, and we want to warn others about the dangers.
“The police are trying to help, after it is all sorted we will think about how good they were.”
And Mohammed Naseer, who runs www.pothwar.com, a website for the Pakistani community, extended the warning for would-be travellers.
He said: “They will get consular assistance from the British High Commission, that is the only way they will get back here.
“When you go to Pakistan you get a visa and an ID card and those have been taken away too, it is going to be very difficult.
“Their identities have been stolen and it is not the first time it has happened to holidaymakers.”