The curious case of Nehal Hamid Ansari: Missing Indian national checked into a Kohat hotel before disappearing

Published: September 10, 2014
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Nehal Hamid is a resident of India and had left for Afghanistan on November 4, 2012 with a 90-day tourist visa with hopes of bagging a job in the aviation sector.  PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Nehal Hamid is a resident of India and had left for Afghanistan on November 4, 2012 with a 90-day tourist visa with hopes of bagging a job in the aviation sector. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

PESHAWAR: 

An Indian national, who supposedly went missing from Kohat, spent some time at a hotel in the city and had reserved a room using a fake CNIC before disappearing.

This was shared by the lawyer, hired by the missing person’s mother, with the Peshawar High Court division bench of Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Ikramullah Khan on Tuesday. Advocate Shakil Asif said a joint investigation team (JIT) has completed its report on his client Fozia Ansari’s son, Nehal Hamid Ansari, who has been missing since November 12, 2012.

Nehal Hamid is a resident of India and 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 disappeared.

Advocate Asif, while quoting the JIT report, said a man going by the name of Hamza reserved a room for one night for Rs300 in Palwasha Hotel located near the bus stand in Kohat. He showed that he was a resident of Islamabad.

During questioning, the owner and manager of Palwasha Hotel revealed the man claiming to be Hamza left his room sometime after midnight. Asif said according to the investigation officer, Nehal Hamid was picked up by a police rider squad and his whereabouts remained unknown since. The JIT was headed by the Karak DPO.

The PHC ordered the then Kohat Development Authority police SHO, who is currently posted in Hangu, to appear in person along with his complete records on the next date of hearing to explain his position in this case.

Penetrable boundaries

On the previous hearing on July 1, the court was surprised over the ease with which an Indian national entered Pakistan without travel documents and reached Kohat under the noses of intelligence agencies.

The petition stated Nehal Hamid, the president of the Rotary Club in New Delhi, had come to Afghanistan to get a job in the aviation industry. It further stated the missing person had befriended a woman residing in Kohat through a social media website.

The court learnt Nehal Hamid had been picked up by unidentified people from the hotel on November 12, 2012. The division bench also directed the ministries of interior and defense to submit their separate reports on the case.

On April 28, 2013, NDTV reported the 27-year-old left for Kabul on November 4, 2012, on a 90-day tourist visa and was scheduled to return within a week.

After he went missing, the Ansaris lodged a police complaint with the Versova police station in Andheri West, Mumbai, and also contacted the Afghan consulate in their city. The petitioner also sent an application to the human rights cell of the Supreme Court, which forwarded the case to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances in March 2014.

In April, the commission directed the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Home and Tribal Affairs department to form a joint investigation team to trace Nehal Hamid. An FIR was subsequently lodged at the City police station in Karak district under Section 365 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Shafaq
    Sep 10, 2014 - 9:38AM

    He left for Kabul from India. Were he coming on foot as he reached Kohat?????

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 10, 2014 - 10:14AM

    The circumstances seem fishy. If he had tourist visa for Afghanistan and he was looking for a job in aviation sector, then why did he come to Pakistan? Why did he change his name from Nehal to Hamza? Such tactics are usually used by spies.

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  • ARIF KARIM advocate supreme court
    Sep 10, 2014 - 7:46PM

    As nihal/mother s counsel shakil asif advocate said in court that according to JIT investigation he was picked up by police rider squad, on this the court summoned sho PRS with complete record,to know his whereabouts further, in next date .
    Let’s see on next date what’s gonna happen ? he must be tried & punished,apparently involved/ committed offenses as his counsel stated he entered into Pakistan illegally & got/ made fake id card.what were his intentions in doing such acts must be assertained/tried but about his whereabouts whenever traced out should be known/ conveyed to his mother at least,as she has been going pillar to post to spot his son..

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