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Pakistan releases Indian national Hamid Nihal Ansari from prison: Report

On Thursday, the Peshawar High Court gave the federal government a month deadline to complete his repatriation process

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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Indian Hamid Nihal was on Tuesday released from a Pakistani jail to be repatriated to India, six years after he was detained by the country's intelligence agencies and subsequently sentenced to three years' imprisonment for possessing a fake Pakistani identity card, according to a media report.

Ansari, a 33-year-old resident, was lodged in the after being sentenced by the military court on December 15, 2015. His three-year jail term ended on December 15, 2018 but he was not able to leave for as his legal documents were not ready.

On Thursday, the gave the a month deadline to complete his repatriation process.

The Indian was released from on Tuesday and was shifted to for his onward journey to India, state-run reported.

went missing after he was taken into custody by agencies and local police in Kohat in 2012 and finally in reply to a habeas corpus petition filed by his mother, Fauzia Ansari, the high court was informed that he was in custody of the Army and was being tried by a military court.

He entered from Afghanistan, reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online.

First Published: Tue, December 18 2018. 13:35 IST