Pakistan court seeks information on missing Indian national

Islamabad : A Pakistan court has issued notice to the defence and interior ministries demanding an explanation on the disappearance of an Indian national from Kohat district in 2012, a media report said Wednesday.

During the hearing in the Peshawar High Court, a two-judge bench Tuesday questioned as to how the Indian national entered Pakistan from Afghanistan without valid documents and reached Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Dawn online reported.

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Nehal Hamid Ansari, 28, had arrived in Afghanistan in 2012 in search of a job, but he crossed over to Pakistan ostensibly to help a woman in Kohat he met on the social networking site Facebook.

Ansari, an MBA degree holder, worked in Mumbai as a teacher before leaving for Afghanistan.

Ansari’s mother Fauzia said that he was in constant touch with his Facebook friends from Pakistan who had advised him on how to cross over into the country without legal documents.

Fauzia also said that her son had stayed at a hotel in Kohat before he disappeared.

The human rights cell of the Supreme Court had forwarded the case to Pakistan’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances in March this year.

The commission April 10 had directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa home department to constitute a joint investigation team to trace Ansari.

The bench fixed Sep 8 for the next hearing with the direction that the defence and interior ministries inform the court of Ansari’s whereabouts.