Hamid Ansari completes three years jail term in Pakistan; Will return to Mumbai

Hamid Nihal Ansari (33) was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan, reportedly to meet a girl he met online

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On Tuesday, December 18, an Indian national from Mumbai who spent three years in a Pakistani jail will return to India. Hamid Nihal Ansari (33) was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan, reportedly to meet a girl he met online. In 2015, a military court sentenced him to three years in prison for possessing a fake Pakistani ID card.

In 2012, Ansari went missing after he was taken into custody by Pakistani intelligence agencies and local police in Kohat. Finally, in reply to a habeas corpus petition filed by his mother, Fauzia Ansari, a court was informed that he was in the Pakistan Army's custody, and was being tried by a military court.

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Last week, Hamid Ansari's jail term ended but he wasn't able to leave for India as his legal documents weren't ready. On Thursday, the Peshawar High Court gave the federal government a month to complete his repatriation process. It is believed that Ansari will reach India through the Wagah border.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that they have received a note from Pakistan that they will be releasing Indian national Shri Hamid Nehal Ansari on Tuesday. It is a matter of great relief, especially for the family members, that six years of incarceration of the Indian civilian in a Pakistan jail is coming to an end, he added. 

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