Mumbai's Hamid Ansari Pays Tribute To 'Mother' Sushma Swaraj As She Helped Him Get Out of Pak Jail

Hamid Ansari is an engineer from Mumbai was in a Pakistani prison for 6 years on espionage charges, was helped by former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.


Former External Affairs Minister and BJP's prominent leader Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night in Delhi. Heart-felt condolences flooded social media and the entire country mourned the loss of such an important figure in Indian politics. One of them was Hamid Ansari, an engineer from Mumbai who was in a Pakistani prison for 6 years on espionage charges. 

Ansari was released by Pakistani authorities last December thanks to efforts from Sushma Swaraj and he couldn't control his emotions after her demise. 

I have deep respect for her she will always stay alive in my heart. She was like a mother to me. After my return from Pakistan, she guided me to look ahead. It's a big loss for me," Mr Ansari told news agency ANI.

After Ansari crossed the Attari-Wagah border into India, all he wanted to do was show his gratitude towards the person who made it possible. Sushma Swaraj welcomed Mr. Ansari and family with a warm hug. "When Sushmaji Embraced me, she called me 'son'. I could see the love she had for us. My brother and I both told Sushmaji that she's no less than Mother India for the country's youth," Mr Ansari had said.

"Mera Bharat mahaan, meri madam mahaan, sab madam ne hi kiya hai (My Bharat is great, my madam is great. Madam has done everything)," Mr Ansari's mother Fauzia, who accompanied him for the meeting, had said.

She was one of the most accessible politicians thanks to her quick responses on Twitter and eagerness to help Indians across the globe.