‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’, an emotional mom of released Indian tells Sushma

An emotional Fauzia Nehal Ahmed Ansari, mother of Mumbai techie Hamid Nehal Ansari who was released from Pakistan on Tuesday, met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday and said ‘mera bharat mahan.’

The Ansari family has been campaigning for Hamid’s return. An engineer and a former teacher at the Mumbai Management College, Ansari went to Pakistan in 2012 to meet a woman whom he had befriended through social media. Hamid, now 33, went missing after he was apprehended by the Pakistan intelligence agencies and local police from Kohat district in November 2012.

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In December 2015 Ansari was awarded three-year imprisonment by a Pakistan military court after being slapped with charges of espionage and involvement in anti-state activities on him. The court gave the verdict after the Ministry of Interior appraised it that Ansari will be repatriated after completion of his prison term on December 15.

A little past 5 pm on Tuesday, Ansari crossed over to India at the Wagah border. His parents and brother were waiting on the Indian side of the border. Ansari stepped over the line after the retreat ceremony and fell immediately to the ground to kiss the soil. Moments later, his family was beside him.

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