A social group started an online petition on Saturday to press for the release of Hamid N Ansari, a Mumbaikar who is languishing in a Pakistani jail for nearly four years.
An engineer-cum-MBA, Ansari, 31, a resident of Andheri suburb, had gone to Kabul for a job interview in November 2012.
He befriended a Pakistani girl on Facebook and reportedly crossed over into Pakistan’s Kohat to save her from being forcibly married off to a person twice her age.
The petition started by Prasanna Chandrasekar, claims the girl shared her despair and asked Ansari for help. Details of their online interaction show that Ansari agreed to “save” her.
All contact with Ansari was lost two days before he crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan at Jalalabad and headed to Peshawar. However, he was detained by the Pakistani authorities. He was taken into custody by the Pakistan army, and was tried in a military court there. He was sentenced to three years in jail on November 14, 2015.
These facts came to light in Jaunary after his mother Fauzia Ansari filed a petition.
Mumbai Congress ex-legislator Krishna Hegde said the Peshawar high court urged the concerned authorities to consider including the three years Ansari had already spent in jail as an undertrial and also announced his expected release date.
The online petition claims that almost four years on and Ansari has still not been released, much to the despair of his parents, Nehal and Fauzia, who have been making consistent efforts for his return.
They have written to top authorities in Indian and Pakistani governments, seeking their intervention for Ansari’s early release.