Attari, Dec 18: Indian national Hamid Ansari, who spent around six years in a Pakistani jail over espionage charges, on Tuesday crossed Attari-Wagah border to reach India.
Earlier in a day, Ansari was released by Pakistan.
Islamabad had alleged that a 33-year-old engineer, was an “Indian spy” who illegally entered the country, and accused him of involvement in anti-state crimes, forging documents, and jailed him.
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2018
He was received by family members, including father Nehal and mother Fauzia, a large number of India-Pakistan friendship activists, officials and political personalities at the border.
For the Ansari family, it was an ordeal since November 2012 when he left the country for Kabul for employment and then was reported “missing”.
According to the reports, he became a friend of a Pakistan girl on social media and reached Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to save her from a forced marriage.
On November 12, 2012, Ansari crossed over from Afghanistan border in Jalalabad to Peshawar in Pakistan where he was held by Pakistan intelligence.
Later, a military court awarded him three years jail term.
Despite his three-year jail term having ended, he was kept was kept behind the bars.
On Monday, the External Affairs Ministry said that it has received a note from Pakistan that they would be releasing Ansari on Tuesday.