India seeks info from Pak about missing youth

 India has written over 15 letters to Pakistani authorities seeking information about an Indian youth, who went missing in restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in 2012 after being picked up by intelligence agencies, but has not got any response so far.

New Delhi: India has written over 15 letters to Pakistani authorities seeking information about an Indian youth, who went missing in restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in 2012 after being picked up by intelligence agencies, but has not got any response so far.

It also hoped that the Peshawar High Court, where Nehal Hamid Ansari's mother has filed a petition, would be helpful in locating him.

Ansari had left for Afghanistan on November 4, 2012 with a 90-day tourist visa with hopes of bagging a job in the aviation sector. He stayed in touch with his family for a week before he went missing.

He is believed to have crossed into Pakistan and was picked up by Pakistani intelligence agencies.

"Nehal Hamid Ansari is a sad story because it is the story of a young man who has been missing for two years," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters here.

He said Ansari's parents went through his social network account after he was found missing and discovered that he exchanged a lot of messages with a Pakistan girl.

His parents believe that he had crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

Akbaruddin pointed out that the mother has moved the Peshawar High Court asking him to be produced in court.

"The matter is in court. His parents have been repeatedly in touch with the MEA on several occasions. I can tell you that we have written to Pakistan authorities more than 15 times asking for his whereabouts," he said adding the Ministry has not received any response so far.

He hoped the Court in Peshawar will be "helpful" in this regard "because it is the tale of parents wanting to know the whereabouts of their son".

"The parents have been trying for the last two years and we wish them all success in this. We will assist them in any manner that we can within the constraints of our bilateral relationship with Pakistan," he said.

According to Pakistani media reports, he went missing in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in 2012, was taken away by intelligence agencies from a police station before his disappearance.

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