Pakistan releases Indian national Hamid Ansari

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Pakistan has released Indian national Hamid Nehal Ansari on Monday as his jail term ended on December 15.

“It’s a matter of great relief, especially for family members, that 6 yrs of incarceration is coming to an end. We would like Pakistan to take action to also end misery of other Indian nationals & fishermen,” Ministry of External Affairs issued the statement.

A 33 year old Mumbai resident ,had entered Kohat, Pakistan “illegally” from Afghanistan on November 12, 2012, with a fake identity card sent to him by his facebook friend from a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in order to find and rescue the woman he loved, from being forcefully married to someone else.

On being caught, a military court in Pakistan had found him guilty of espionage and convicted him for allegedly being an Indian spy and anti state activities and was lodged in the Peshawar Central Jail after being sentenced  to three years imprisonment for possessing a fake Pakistani identity card on December 15,2015.

A top court in Pakistan had given one month deadline to the government to complete formalities to deport Ansari to India.

“Whose nationality has been confirmed who have completed their sentences,but continue to languish in Pakistan jails. We hope Pakistan would respond and organize an early visit of Joint Judicial Committee so that issues of prisoners can be dealt with in a humanitarian and timely manner,”MEA said in the statement.

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