“We have reminded the government of Pakistan of its responsibility to ensure his security. We have also conveyed that according to our understanding, since his sentence of three years is already over, he should be released and repatriated to India at the earliest,” he said.
Ansari, who was jailed for possessing a fake ID and illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan, was attacked at least thrice by inmates in Peshawar jail. His family had been pleading the government to take some action.
Ansari’s parents, who met Swaraj at her office inside Parliament House complex, expressed hope that the government will find some ways to bring back their son safely. “We have full trust in the government, more so in Sushma ji. We have been given assurance,” said Hamid Ansari’s mother. The parents said they had applied for a visa to the Pakistan high commission to visit their son in jail. But there was no response from the commission.
Swaraj last week had directed the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to seek consular access to Ansari.