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Have not spoken to son for 4 years, lament parents of Mumbai engineer languishing in Pakistan jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Love and desperation drove Mumbai engineer Hamid Ansari to illegally cross over to Pakistan from Afghanistan in late 2012 leading to his arrest and subsequent imprisonment.Four years later, the desperation to hear a word from their son has prompted Hamid’s parents — Fauzia Ansari and Nehal Ansari — to pitch a tent in the city’s protest hotspot, Jantar Mantar, and knock on the Prime Minister’s door.”The last time I spoke to him was on November 10, 2012 when he told me that he will be back in Mumbai by November 12 and was looking forward to take up a teaching assignment,” Fauzia said.Little did she know that, “egged on by a group of people in Pakistan who may have trapped him”, Hamid’s false bravado would plunge the family in a state of despair, with virtually no glimmer of hope.During this period, Fauzia has written to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, met Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj five times, so much so that “she recognises me even from a distance”.”Allow Hamid to talk to us from prison. We have not spoken to him for over four years now. Please allow him consular access denied to him till date,” reads her letter to Sharif.”Sushmaji has been extremely cooperative. Our last meeting was in August this year. She assured us that the government was pursuing the case,” Fauzia said, adding that the family would submit a memorandum to the PMO.Hamid, 31, had entered Pakistan to reportedly meet a girl he had befriended online, who was being “forcibly married” off to someone by her family, said Fauzia, a lecturer with a Mumbai college.It was only in January this year that Fauzia and Nehal came to know from Pakistan government’s submission in the Peshawar High Court, responding to Habeas Corpus petition, that Hamid was in military custody.He was arrested soon after he entered Pakistan and was tried by a Pakistani military court, which awarded him three years of imprisonment.”Since he has been in jail since 2012, he has served this sentence already. But there is no clarity about when he will be released. What is intriguing is that a woman Zeenat Shehzadi, who tried to help Hamid, seems to have been targeted by agencies there. She has gone missing,” Fauzia said.

Pak authorities haven’t found shred of evidence against Kulbhushan Jadhav: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has sent eight note verbales to Pakistan for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav and 42 such communications in case of Nehal Ansari, External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday. Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also rejected as “completely baseless” Pakistan’s allegations against Jadhav, an Indian national and a former Indian Navy officer. Asked about media reports quoting Pakistan Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz as saying there was no “conclusive evidence” against Jadhav which were later denied by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, Swarup said, “We have seen conflicting media reports about this issue. This is a pattern we have seen in the past as well.”Even after more than nine months of keeping him “wrongfully and illegally” in custody, Pakistani authorities have not found a shred of evidence against him, he said. “We demand immediate consular access to him in accordance with relevant international conventions and his earliest release from wrongful confinement. We have also sent eight Note Verbales to the Pakistan Foreign Office on this issue,” Swarup added.On another Indian national Ansari, who had reportedly crossed over for his lady love, the spokesperson said Indian Mission is closely following up this matter and has issued more than 42 note verbales to the Pakistan Foreign Office. “In response to our latest Note Verbale dated November 15, Pakistan responded on November 25 stating that concerned authorities in Pakistan are ‘mindful of their responsibilities regarding Ansari who is safe, secure and in good health’.However, it must be noted that Pakistan has yet to provide us consular access to Ansari,” he said.

MK Ganapathy’s family vows to fight KJ George despite his reinduction into Karnataka cabinet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>75-year old K Kushalappa and his son, Satish Kushalappa, the father and brother of former Dy Sp MK Ganapathy, who committed suicide in July are not surprised at the news of KJ George being reinducted into the Siddaramaiah cabinet on Monday. Ganapathy’s family says that they were already suspecting that the CID enquiry would clear the former home minister and the two high–rung officials of any criminal charges.KJ George who took oath as a cabinet minister in Raj Bhavan was named by MK Ganapathy as being responsible along with two other IPS officers “if anything happens to him”, after which he committed suicide. George was given a clean chit by the CID on September 17, along with other police officials, citing the reasons of “lack of evidence”. However, Ganapathy’s family and even the opposition party, BJP have described the CID enquiry into the case as cover-ups.Ganapathy’s family has already approached the Karnataka High Court and filed an objection against the CID report terming it as a mere eye-wash. The CID enquiry was initiated after Ganapathy’s son, Nehal filed a complaint with a court against George and two police officers. Ganapathy’s brother, Satish calls the whole exercise as a travesty of justice. “We never trusted the CID inquiry to begin with. The CID officers who came to record our statements had presented the distorted versions in their final report. Many times we even questioned the CID officers on why they did not take into account the documents saved on my brother’s phone and other relevant details. But they brushed these evidences aside saying they were irrelevant,” Satish told dna.The family is demanding a CBI inquiry, which has also been urged by the BJP. “We are not taking sides with any political party. The politicians rushed to our houses to score points. We do not expect anything from them. But we have not given up. My brother served in the police department throughout his life. The least we could hope is that his own department officials would initiate a fair probe into the matter. But he was harassed so much that he became fed up of the system,” Satish said.Many public and social media campaigns seeking “Justice for MK Ganapathy” had put up hoardings in many parts of Karnataka days after MK Ganapathy’s suicide case came to the fore.Today, Ganapathy’s family says that they stand isolated . “It is a fight against the political heavyweights but we wish to continue our fight all alone,” Ganapathy’s brother added.

Indian sentenced to three years for espionage in Pakistan

An Indian national by the name of Hamid Nehal Ansari, who had gone missing over three years ago, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment for espionage in Pakistan.According to Dawn, officials state that Ansari was convicted two days ago in Kohat and was shifted to Peshawar Central Prison. He has a right to appeal under the Pakistan Army Act.Sources at the Dawn said that Ansari had confessed to illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan for espionage and that he had seven Facebook accounts as well as around 30 email addresses. He was also reportedly found to be in possession of sensitive documents.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last month, the defence ministry had informed the Peshawar High Court that Ansari was in the custody of Pakistan Army and was being tried by court martial.On 13 January, a two-member bench had disposed of a habeas corpus petition filed by Fauzia Ansari, the convict’s mother, against his alleged illegal detention.”Agencies working under the administrative control of this ministry: ISI and MI, GHQ, were asked to provide requisite information. In response, Military Intelligence Directorate, GHQ, intimated that Hamid Nehal Ansari is in military custody and is being tried by court martial,” read the written response of a deputy director (legal) of the ministry to the court?s query.Ansari, a 31-year-old MBA degree holder, was a teacher at the Mumbai Management College. His mother claimed he was in touch with some Pakistani friends who had suggested him to cross into Pakistan from Afghanistan without a visa. She claimed that he had become friends with a Pakistani woman through social media and had gone to Pakistan to meet her.