Seek consular access to Indian prisoner in Peshawar, Sushma tells envoy

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that she had directed the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to seek consular access to an Indian prisoner who was attacked by inmates in a Peshawar jail.

“I am very much disturbed to read about repeated attacks on Hamid Ansari who is detained in Peshawar jail since 2012,” she said in a series of tweets.

“It is inhuman. I have asked our High Commissioner in Pakistan to seek Consular access to Hamid Ansari in hospital/Jail and report.”

Hamid Nehal Ansari was attacked twice in the Peshawar Central Prison in the last two months, Dawn online quoted his lawyer as telling a court.

Ansari, who reportedly possessed a fake Pakistani identity card, was arrested by intelligence agencies in Kohat district in November 2012. He was convicted by a military court in February this year.

–IANS

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