Ray of hope for family of man missing in Pakistan

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Ray of hope for family of man missing in Pakistan

This comes as a ray of hope for the Mumbai couple whose son has been missing in Pakistan for more than two years.

Hamid Ansari, 29, has been missing since November 2012 and his parents Nehal Ahmed Ansari and Fauzia Ansari had left no stone unturned to trace him. However, despite all the efforts, they had not been able to visit Pakistan in search of their son.

Recently, the Pakistan police have told the Peshawar High Court that they had indeed detained Mumbai resident Hamid in 2012, and handed him over to intelligence officials. This is the first word of an official confirmation that the boy from Mumbai’s Versova locality had indeed sneaked into Pakistan from Afghanistan.

“Now, there is a hope. Good news for young Hamid Ansari’s parents. I am confident that their effort will not go waste. New Year began with a hope. Indian government needs to use this opportunity and pressurise, influence Pakistan in getting back Hamid,” said peace activist Jatin Desai, the General  Secretary of Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD), told Deccan Herald.

Desai has been helping out the Mumbai couple to track down their son. They have approached both the Indian and Pakistani governments besides being in constant touch with journalists, activists and human rights lawyers in Pakistan.

“We are doing whatever is possible from our end,” Desai said. Hamid flew to Kabul on November 4, 2012 to attend job interviews and crossed to Pakistan and reached Kohat on November 12, 2012. Since then, there has been no news of him.

From the Facebook posts and gmail records, the parents suspect that he was in love with a Pakistani girl and had perhaps entered to meet her.

He got in touch with a few persons over Internet and made them friends. Three online Pakistani friends suggested him to come to Kohat from Kabul by illegally crossing porous Afghanistan-Pakistan border. They encouraged him and also gave instructions about how to cross border. The three persons are Atta ur Rehman, a graphic designer with Dastak, a Urdu magazine published from Kohat, Shazia Khan, who claimed to be a medical doctor and one Saba Khan, whose identity has not been established.

Hamid Ansari’s mother Fauzia Ansari said she was hopeful of her son’s return. “I request the Indian government to take up the issue. I also appeal to the government of Pakistan to ensure his release,” she told Deccan Herald. “I can say that my son is innocent. He has not done anything wrong. He made a mistake by (illegally) entering Pakistan,” she added.

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