After returning to India, Hamid Ansari today met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi. During the meeting, Ansari got emotional as Sushma Swaraj embraced him and his mother.
In a video tweeted by the news agency ANI, Ansari’s mother Fauzia can be heard saying, “Mera Bharat mahaan, meri madam mahaan… sab madam ne hi kiya hai.”
#WATCH Indian National Hamid Ansari who came to India after being released from a Pakistan jail yesterday, meets External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi. His mother tells EAM "Mera Bharat mahaan, meri madam mahaan, sab madam ne hi kiya hai." pic.twitter.com/FQEzz99Ohm
— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2018
The development comes a day after Ansari crossed the Attari-Wagah border to India following his release from jail in Pakistan. 33-year-old Hamid Ansari is a Mumbai resident and was detained by Pakistani intelligence agencies in the year 2012 for entering the country illegally to meet a girl whom he had befriended online.
Reportedly, he had entered the country from Afghanistan with a fake Pakistani identity card and was sentenced to three years imprisonment by a military court in 2015.
After he was being sentenced by the military court, Ansari was lodged in the Peshawar Central jail on December 15, 2015. Although his term had ended on December 15, 2018, he was not able to leave for India as his legal documents were not ready.
Pakistan had earlier claimed that Ansari was an ‘Indian spy who had illegally entered Pakistan and was involved in anti-state crimes and forging documents’.