Hasina Begum went to Pakistan 18 years ago& |  Photo Credit: ANI
Aurangabad (Maharashtra): A 65-year-old woman who had gone to Pakistan 18 years ago to meet the relatives of her husband, but was sent to a Pakistani jail after having lost her passport, returned to India on Tuesday. A ‘missing’ report was filed by the Aurangabad police in this matter. The woman, Hasina Begum was received by her family members along with Aurangabad police.
“I went through a lot of hardships and I am feeling peace after returning to my country. I am feeling as if I am in heaven. I was imprisoned forcefully in Pakistan,” she was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
According to her, she was in Lahore, when she lost her passport. She was ‘forcefully’ sent to a jail in Pakistan where she spent 18 years, urging the Pakistani authorities to release her as she was innocent.
Aurangabad Police wrote to Pakistan authorities
The authorities, however, started moving only after receiving a report from Aurangabad Police station which showed that the lady had a house in Rashidpura area of the city and has been registered under the City Chowk Police station in Aurangabad.
“I want to thank Aurangabad police for filing a report in the matter,” she told the agency.
According to the police, she is married to Dilshad Ahmed, a resident of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Begum was released by Pakistan last week and handed over to the Indian authorities.
“India handed over lists of 263 Pakistan civilian prisoners and 77 fishermen in India’s custody to Pakistan. Similarly, Pakistan has shared lists of 49 civilian prisoners and 270 fishermen in its custody, who are Indians or believed-to-be Indians,” the External Affairs Ministry had said in a statement on January 1 elaborating upon the exchange mechanism between the two countries.