New Delhi (Sputnik) — An Indian national, Hamid Ansari, was imprisoned in a Pakistani jail on charges of espionage. Crimes of espionage in Pakistan attract stiff punishments that may go up to capital punishment.
Hamid Ansari will be released from a Pakistani jail and then transferred to the Indian border in Wagah, where his mother will meet him.
"He went with noble intentions but initially went missing and was later caught and framed. He shouldn't have gone without a visa. His release is a victory for humanity", said Hamid's mother at the news of his imminent release.
— ANI (@ANI) December 18, 2018
Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, while expressing relief, hoped that Pakistan would take appropriate steps to release other Indian nationals in Pakistani jails who have completed their sentence.
"It's a matter of great relief, especially for family members, that 6 years of incarceration is coming to an end. We would like Pakistan to take action to also end the misery of other Indian nationals & fishermen, whose nationality has been confirmed and who have completed their sentences but continue to languish in Pakistan jails. We hope Pakistan would respond and organize an early visit of the Joint Judicial Committee so that issues of prisoners can be dealt with in a humanitarian and timely manner", a statement from the Indian Foreign Ministry read.