Mumbai: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activist on Thursday appealed to Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to secure the release of a Mumbai techie who is serving a jail sentence in Pakistan and is slated for release next month. The 27-year-old youth from Andheri, Hamid Nehal Ansari, was accused of entering Pakistan illegally from Afghanistan on November 12, 2012. “A humble request to speak to Prime Minister Imran Khan to expedite release of Hamid Ansari, who is serving term in a Pakistan jail. Hamid completes his jail term in mid-December. His relese will bring relief and joy to his aged parents,” said BJP activist Krishna Hegde, a former Congress legislator.
Ansari entered Pakistan on a fake identity card given by a friend from Karak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and lived with him for a few days. The Pakistani intelligence nabbed him from a hotel in Kohat town some days later. In December 2015, a military court found him guilty of spying and anti-national activities. (IANS)