SA to probe Pakistan kidnapping

Arshad Ali’s family said he was on his way to board a plane when he was accosted by four men.

South African businessman Arshad Alie was kidnapped in Pakistan on 10 September 2013. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation on Monday confirmed it was looking into claims that a prominent Vaal businessman was kidnapped in Pakistan.

Arshad Ali's family said he was on his way to board a plane to South Africa at the Lahore Airport on Tuesday when he was accosted by four men.

He was forced to get inside a white double cab bakkie.

Ali is also the African National Congress (ANC)'s chairperson in Meyerton.

The department's Clayson Monyela says, "The matter is receiving attention from government. We are talking to the family about it. Our responsibility is to assist the family, which is what we will do."

Ali was in Pakistan visiting family.

His wife Emel says she's not coping while waiting for news on her husband.

"My children ask me every day when their father will return. I don't know why they took him. He was ready to come home, it hurts me to look at my children's faces and tell them he's not here."