Hamid Nihal Ansari, who spent approximately three years in Pakistan jail, has been freed and handed over to India at the Wagah Border later yesterday afternoon. He was confined by the country’s intelligence agencies and ever since then convicted to three years imprisonment for holding a fake Pakistani identity card.
Ansari, a 33-year-old Mumbai habitant, was housed in the Peshawar Central Jail as a result of the military court judgment on December 15, 2015. The Peshawar high court gave the federal government a month deadline to complete his comeback operation to India.
Mumbai Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activist and former legislator Krishna Hegde, who encouraged the family in the past few years, said they had gone to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to consummate the formalities and procure his repatriation.
Ansari’s family members, embodying father Nehal and mother Fauzia, along with the ample number of India-Pakistan friendship activists, officials and political personalities will stage at the border to welcome him. For the Ansari family, it was distress since November 2012, when he left the country for Kabul for employment and then was reported: “missing”. His mother, Fauzia Ansari, filed a habeas corpus petition through Pakistani lawyers.
He reportedly became friendly with a Pakistan girl on social media and reached Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to save her from a forced marriage. Thereby, he crossed over from Afghanistan border in Jalalabad to Peshawar in Pakistan where he was bagged by Pakistan intelligence.
Welcome home, son!
Indian national, Hamid Ansari returns home after six years of incarceration in Pakistan. EAM @SushmaSwaraj warmly welcomed him in Delhi today. pic.twitter.com/vM4HXF2ORc
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) December 19, 2018
Ansari, a software engineer made his victory by means of his comeback. His mother Fauzia in her press meet stated that her son shouldn’t have gone without a visa. “He went with noble intentions and was later caught and framed. His release is a victory for humanity,”.