Pak Admits Versova Engineer In Its Army’s Custody


Lahore: The three-year struggle of a Versova woman to track down her missing son succeeded on Wednesday when her lawyer called to confirm that her 30-year-old son was in the Pakistan army’s custody and was facing trial in a military court.

Fauzia Ansari, mother of Hamid Ansari, said the Pakistan government admitted before the Peshawar high court that Hamid was in the army’s custody. Fauzia’s ordeal started in November 2012, when her son disappeared in Pakistan.

Ansari, then 27, an IT engineer and MBA, had gone to Kabul on November 4, 2012, for a job and was in touch with his mother till November 10. Fauzia accessed Hamid’s email and Facebook accounts and came to know that he was in regular contact with some Pakistani friends. She said that on the way back from Afghanistan to India, her son had stopped in Pakistan and disappeared.

“I have no words to say, my son is alive, all I want now is to see him and bring him back safely,” Fauzia, a teacher, told TOI on Thursday.

She said her lawyer in Pakistan, Qazi Muhammad Anwar, told her that the HC had disposed of her case seeking to know her son’s whereabouts after the Pakistan government confirmed that he was in the army’s custody.

TOI had carried Hamid’s story (September 14, 2013) and Maharashtra-based NGO, the All-Maharashtra Human Rights Welfare Association (AMHRWA), had filed a petition in a Pakistani court seeking to trace the Mumbaikar.

AMHRWA president Jayesh Mirani said it had filed a petition in the Pakistan Supreme Court, which was admitted in 2014, following which the Pakistan government tried to trace the youth. “The association has appealed to the Indian government to officially take up the issue with Pakistan and bring back Hamid,” said Jayesh.

Fauzia said she would apply for a visa to visit Pakistan and meet her son. “I don’t know under what charges he is in jail, I want my government to intervene and bring him back safely,” she said.

She said Hamid is an engineer, who had done his MBA in Mumbai, and worked as a college lecturer for some time. “He was also the president of the Rotaract Club in 2012. Hamid decided to pursue a career in aviation and lined up for a job interview in Afghanistan. He travelled to Kabul on November 4, 2012, and was due to return on November 15,” she said. Hamid’s father is a banker, while his elder brother Khalid is a dentist.

Source: TOI