Mumbai: Over three years after Mumbai based engineer Hamid Ansari went missing in Pakistan, where he had gone to meet a girl he had befriended on social media, Pak authorities had admitted that he has been in army custody and is facing trials in military court.
According to Pak media reports, According to Pakistan media reports, deputy attorney general Musarratullah presented a reply from the ministry of defence in a divisional bench of the Peshawar High Court, which stated that an Indian identified as Nehal Hamid Ansari, 28, was being held by the army and would be tried by a military court.
However, the official did not specify the charges under which Ansari is facing trials.
Mr. Ansari travelled to Afghanistan for job prospects. He later crossed over to Pakistan to meet a Kohrat-based woman, whom he had befriended through social media.
He had been staying in a hotel in Kohrat when the police assisted by the Intelligence Bureau arrested him on November 12, 2012.
After the engineer went missing, his mother had filed a complaint at a police station in Mumbai. She had also contacted the Afghan consulate in the city.
The petitioner subsequently sent an application to the human rights cell of the Supreme Court in Islamabad, which forwarded the case to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances in March 2014.
In April, the commission directed the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Home and Tribal Affairs department to form a joint investigation team to trace Ansari. An FIR was subsequently lodged at the city police station in Karak district in connection with Ansari's case.
(With agency inputs)