My son is innocent, release him: Missing techie’s mother appeals to Pak
The mother of 30-year-old Mumbai man, who went missing in Pakistan three years ago, said on Friday that her son is innocent and should be released as he has already spent four years in a Pakistani jail.india Updated: Jan 15, 2016 17:26 IST
The mother of 30-year-old Mumbai man, who went missing in Pakistan three years ago, said on Friday that her son is innocent and should be released as he has already spent four years in a Pakistani jail.
“We request the ministry of external affairs to help us. It is only now through the media we came to know that they have admitted that Hamid is in a Pakistani jail,” Fauzia Ansari, the mother of Hamid Nehal Ansari, told Hindustan Times.
Hamid had crossed over to Pakistan from Afghanistan and went missing while searching for a girl from the Kohat region whom he met on social media and fell in love with. Fauzia had been trying to trace her engineer son along with her husband Nihal ever since he went missing in November 2012.
“He has spent four years in jail and now they even know he is innocent and hence I appeal to them to release him,” Fauzia, a professor in a college in the western suburbs of Mumbai, said.
Hamid had left home saying that he was in the process of getting a job in Afghanistan. They later learnt that he had entered Pakistan to meet a girl and marry her.
Pakistani authorities have admitted that Hamid, an MBA graduate from Rizvi College in Bandra, has been in the army’s custody and facing trial in a military court.
Deputy attorney-general Musarratullah presented a reply in a divisional bench of the Peshawar high court from the ministry of defence which stated that Hamid was being held by the army and would be tried by a military court, the Express Tribune has reported.
“Initially, we filed a missing complaint in the Versova police station in December 2012 after he did not return. But later when they checked his Facebook pages, it was clear that he was in touch with a Pakistani girl. They were even able to get a phone number of the girl but the girl did not respond to any Indian number,” Fauzia, who lives in Andheri’s Seven Bungalows, said.
“We had a relative in Dubai who got in touch with the number which belonged to the father of the girl but he did not speak much,” she added.
Fauzia said they somehow managed to get the number of another local person, Atur-ul-Rehman, with whom Hamid was in touch. Rehman told them that Hamid came to Pakistan and he helped him to get a hotel room for two days after which he was arrested.
“It was then that we realized he was arrested and in Pakistan. Then through the then local MLA Krishna Hegde, we got in touch with an NGO who put us in touch with Zeenat Sehzadi, a local journalist from Lahore,” she said.
The family filed a habeas corpus in the Peshawar high court with the help of Sehzadi, who was given the power of attorney by them, and the first hearing took place in April 2014. Fauzia says they are not is touch with Zeenat anymore.
Reports said the bench later disposed of Fauzia’s habeas corpus petition, observing that it had become “infructuous”.
The family now is hopeful that the Indian government would pursue their case with Pakistan.
First Published: Jan 15, 2016 14:19 IST