Representative Image
Representative Image

Pak to repatriate Indian who was arrested when he went to Pak to meet his social media woman ‘friend’

ANI | Updated: Dec 17, 2018 17:10 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Dec 17 (ANI): Indian national Hamid Nehal Ansari, arrested eight years back after he came here to meet a woman he had befriended through social media, will be released tomorrow and repatriated to his home country.
Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Ansari is being released upon completion of his three-year sentence awarded to him by a military court in 2015.
A teacher at the Mumbai Management College, Ansari had gone missing after being apprehended by the Pakistani intelligence agencies and local police from Kohat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in November 2012.
The news of Ansari's arrest became public after his mother Fauzia Ansari filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court here.
On January 13, the Court was informed that Ansari was in the custody of Pakistani Army and was being tried by a military court.
The Pakistani security agencies had claimed that Ansari had used fake identity card in the name of "Hamza" and he had entered Pakistan through Afghanistan without travel documents. They charged him for "anti-state activities".
In August 2016, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had asked the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad to seek consular access to Ansari. (ANI)