Indian national in Pakistani jail safe: Pakistan

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Pakistan has conveyed to India that an Indian national lodged in a Pakistani jail even after completing his prison term “is safe, secure and in good health”, a senior official said on Thursday

“Our mission is closely following up this matter and has issued more than 42 note verbales to the Pakistan Foreign Office,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in his weekly media briefing here referring to the case of Hamid Nehal Ansari.

“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 Hamid Nehal Ansari who is safe, secure and in good health’,” he stated.

Ansari, an engineer and business professional, had gone to Kabul in Afghanistan on November 4, 2012, on a tourist visa for a job in aviation. He entered Pakistan on November 12.

From his e-mail accounts, it was revealed that he was in touch with a Pakistani girl on Facebook and had gone to Pakistan, where he was arrested and sentenced to three years in jail.

Swarup also pointed out on Thursday that Pakistan was yet to provide India consular access to Ansari.

–IANS

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