6 Years In Pak Jail, Indian National Hamid Ansari Set To Be Released


Islamabad: Indian national Hamid Ansari who is lodged in Kohat Central Jail in Pakistan is set to be released tomorrow, reported the news agency. On Saturday, a Pakistan court gave a one-month deadline to the government to deport Ansari as he had completed a three-year jail term in Pakistan. His jail term ended on December 15.

Ansari, 33, was lodged in the Kohat Central Jail in Peshawar after being sentenced by a Pakistan military court for possessing a fake identity card on December 15, 2015. He was arrested in 2012 after Pakistan illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended online.

On Thursday, a Peshawar High Court bench of Justice Roohul Amin and Justice Qalandar Ali Khan heard an appeal filed by Ansari’s lawyer Qazi Muhammad Anwar. The appeal said the government hasn’t taken any step to release Ansari. Anwar was quoted by news reports as saying that Ansari should have been released on December 16 morning as his jail term ended on December 15.

Earlier, the Asian Age reported that Ansari’s parents had left for Delhi from where they are expected to leave for Wagah border in a hope to meet their son whose jail term has ended.