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Haneef's wife upbeat about his release

Twenty six year old Firdaus Arshiya will savor kheer on the day her husband Dr Mohammed Haneef walks free in Brisbane, reports BR Srikanth.
Hindustan Times | By BR Srikanth, Bangalore
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2007 05:47 PM IST

Twenty six year old Firdaus Arshiya will savor kheer on the day her husband Dr Mohammed Haneef walks free in Brisbane, Australia, but this morning's news that the Australian Federal Police have dropped plans to extend his detention, was as delightful.

"The ordeal is over. I am sure he will be back soon," she said adding that Kheer and special prayers would certainly happen on the day Dr Haneef walks out of custody.

Mrs Firdaus said she came across the news first on the website of The Australian early this morning. "He has not called again, but that's Ok because he will be released soon. It would have been better if he were questioned by the police without being held for so many days (11 days)," she told this correspondent.

She said Dr Haneef would have landed in this city without a hitch but for the sim-card which he passed on to Dr Sabeel Ahmed, his cousin, with whom he shared an accommodation in Liverpool. "That sim-card has brought so much trouble," she said adding that the two families were not in touch anymore.

"We have not called them (parents of Dr Kafeel Ahmed and Dr Sabeel Ahmed) on phone these days," she said. However, she was in constant touch with her mother in law Mrs Qurat-ul-ain and broke the news she found on internet on Friday morning.

"They are happy and much relieved that he will be here soon," she said at the two-storeyed bungalow of her father Mr Ishtiaq Ahmed in Bangalore (south).

The sentiments were the same at a two bedroom apartment about 15 km away (in Bangalore north), where Dr Haneef's mother, Mrs Qurat-ul-ain, brother Shoaib and sister Summaiya reside.

"Everyone is relieved. We knew he was innocent. God knows that my brother is innocent. We are praying for his release. We want him to come here soon," said Shoaib. "We are feeling better today after we got the news," he said.

The Hafeeq couple has a two-week-old daughter, Haniya. A graduate engineer, Firdaus married Dr Haneef here in November 2005, and lived with him in Britain and in Australia before returning to Bangalore in March to spend the last months of her pregnancy with her parents.

Cousins Dr Haneef and Dr Sabeel passed out of BR Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, the former in 2002 and the latter a year later and shared accommodation in Liverpool, UK.

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