Woman, for whom Ansari crossed border, testified

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21 Dec 2018

Woman, for whom Ansari went to Pakistan, testified for him

The woman, for whom Hamid Ansari, entered Pakistan illegally and was arrested there, testified for him in the court hoping to facilitate his release, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday.

Ansari, an engineer from Mumbai, befriended the woman online. After his application for Pakistani visa was denied, Ansari entered Pakistan via Afghanistan.

Notably, the two never met.

Details

Woman arranged for fake documents, Ansari started his journey

Woman arranged for fake documents, Ansari started his journey

Ansari's Facebook friend managed to get a fake identity for him. With the fake document in hand, Ansari went to Karak in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

He stayed there for two days and was later arrested from Kohat.

After staying incommunicado for three years in jail, Ansari was given three-years imprisonment by a military court of Pakistan.

Consular access by India was also denied.

The case

Ansari was made to sign document, was charged with espionage

Kumar said Ansari explained to the authorities he befriended the girl and fell in love with him. Ansari reiterated he came to Pakistan in her pursuit, but he was jailed nevertheless.

People familiar with the case said Ansari was made to sign a document in a language he didn't understand.

"It was after this that he was charged with spying," the source told HT.

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Finally free

Ansari got freedom after six long years

Ansari got freedom after six long years

After spending six years in captivity, Ansari was released earlier this week. Along with his mother Fauzia, he met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and thanked her for the relentless work.

In a video which went viral, Fauzia told Swaraj, "Mera Bharat mahaan, meri madam mahaan, sab madam ne hi kiya hai (My India is great, my madam is great. You did everything)"

Lessons learned

Ansari says falling in love on Facebook isn't good idea

On his return to India, Ansari was given a hero's welcome by his friends and family. Speaking to media, Ansari said he learned one shouldn't fall in love on Facebook.

He also advised youngsters to not hide things from parents and always follow the legal procedures when traveling to another country.

Finding a job and marrying someone are on Ansari's to-do list now.

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Who is Hamid Ansari?

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Hamid Ansari is an Indian engineer who was jailed in Pakistan for six years.

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Hamid Ansari went to Pakistan to meet a woman he befriended and fell in love on Facebook.

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Hamid Ansari said one shouldn't fall in love online, shouldn't hide things from parents and always follow the legal route.

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Although the woman and Hamid Ansari never met she testified for him in the court in hope to ease his release process.

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