On December 20, 2018, Hamid Ansari returned home after spending 6 years in a Pakistani jail. Ansari was detained by Pakistan's intelligence agencies back in 2012 and subsequently was sentenced to three year's of imprisonment by a military court in 2015 for possessing a fake Pakistani identity card. He had entered Pakistan from Afghanistan, reportedly to meet a girl whom he had befriended online.
In the file photo, Ansari makes his way out of the Mumbai Airport after he was released by Pakistan's Peshawar court. (All Pictures/ Satej Shinde)
Hamid Ansari, a 33-year-old Jogeshwari resident and a software engineer by profession was lodged in the Peshawar Central Jail after being sentenced by the military court on December 15, 2015. His three-year jail term ended on December 15, but he was not able to leave for India as his legal documents were not ready. On December 20, 2018, the Peshawar High Court gave the federal government a month's deadline to complete his repatriation process.
In the file photo, Hamid Ansari poses with his family members upon his arrival in Mumbai.
After landing in Delhi on December 17, 2018, Ansari's mother Fauzia told mid-day, "I have no words to say what the entire family has gone through in the past six years. I am thankful to the Indian media. Hamid has gone through a lot in the past six years, he was tortured by Pakistani agencies who thought he was an Indian spy. That is also why remission was denied by the Pakistani government in August this year. The only thing I want now for my son is that at least he should get a job."
In the file photo, Hamid Ansari is seen leaving the airport as the media tries to get his views on his arrival in Mumbai.
After landing in Mumbai, Hamid Ansari along with his mother Fauzia met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Dec 19, 2018, and narrated his ordeal. Officials said that Ansari became emotional while talking about the difficult phase of his life in Pakistan. He also thanked Swaraj and the Ministry of External Affairs for persisting with the case and taking it up with Islamabad.
Hamid Ansari was reunited with his family at the Attari-Wagah border on the eve of December 18, 2018. Hamid's mother Fauzia Nehal Ahmed Ansari called her son's release "a victory of humanity", said that he had no "bad intentions".
In the file photo, Hamid is seen hugging his immediate family members.
Hamid Ansari was welcomed with open hearts by friends and family upon his arrival at the Mumbai airport. Ansari was quoted saying, "I don't want to recollect what happened with me in the past. I want to look at the future." An emotional Ansari further added, "I have to find a job and after that, I also have to find a woman to get married."
Describing his stay in Pakistani jail Hamid said, "The first three years I spent underground alone, sometimes they would give me food, and sometimes they wouldn't. I had this motivation that I have to go back home and serve my parents. I have given them a huge pain and this will be my repentance. This is the least I can do."
In the file photo, Hamid leads his teary-eyed mother and father out of the Mumbai Aiport as family and friends await to greet him.
Hamid Ansari describes how he got emotional after seeing his parents in Pakistan after six years. Upon his return to Mumbai Hamid said, "After six years when I saw them (his family) I was still in Pakistan. They were crying and spreading their arms while Pakistani authorities were completing paperwork with me and I kept asking them to speed up. I just ran towards them (family) and fell on my knees, 'Ammi mujhe maaf kar de'. I was asking for forgiveness from everyone."
In the file photo, the Ansari family rejoices as their son Hamid returns home after spending six long years in Pakistan's jail.
Hamid Ansari was warmly welcomed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on December 18, 2018. During the meeting with Sushma Swaraj, Hamid broke in tears and was consoled by the minister. In the video shared by ANI, Hamid's mother was also seen greeting Sushma Swaraj. The video went viral on Twitter and caught the attention of Twitterati and netizens alike.
Indian National Hamid Nihal Ansari returned to Mumbai on Dec 18, 2018, after spending six years in a Pakistani jail. Hamid was detained in 2012 for entering Pakistan and subsequently jailed on espionage charges. Software Engineer by profession, Ansari went to Pakistan to meet a woman he had befriended through social media. Ansari was awarded three-year imprisonment by a military court in December 2015 after being slapped with charges of espionage and involvement in anti-state activities. Here's a look at the Hamid Ansari case in pictures.
Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.comSubscribe