An Indian national from Mumbai who spent three years in a Pakistani jail will return to India on Tuesday, December 18.
Hamid Nihal Ansari, 33, was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan, reportedly to meet a girl he met online. In 2015, a military court sentenced him to three years in prison for possessing a fake Pakistani ID card.
Ansari went missing after he was taken into custody by Pakistani intelligence agencies and local police in Kohat in 2012. Finally, in reply to a habeas corpus petition filed by his mother, Fauzia Ansari, a court was informed that he was in the Pakistan Army’s custody, and was being tried by a military court.
Hamid Ansari’s jail term ended last week. But he wasn’t able to leave for India as his legal documents weren’t ready. On Thursday, the Peshawar High Court gave the federal government a month to complete his repatriation process.
Ansari will reach India through the Wagah border.
“We have received a note from Pakistan today that they are releasing Indian national Shri Hamid Nehal Ansari tomorrow. It is a matter of great relief, especially for the family members, that six years of incarceration of the Indian civilian in [a] Pakistan jail is coming to an end.”