Hamid Nehal Ansari, the Indian national in Mardan jail cell requested the Peshawar High Court (PHC) to shift him to Peshawar jail cell, citing ‘serious concerns and threats to his life’, reported India Today.
Lawyer of Ansari Qazi Anwar submitted a request to the Peshawar High Court (PHC) in this regard.
“Due to the military operations in Bajaur, a number of militants have been locked up in the Mardan prison who may attack him,” Anwar stated in his miscellaneous petition.
“His life in danger,” Anwar pleaded before the court.
The petition from Ansari’s lawyer was countered by the Deputy Attorney General Musarratullah, who opposed the plea by stating that Ansari has been kept in a secure cell in the Mardan jail.
The superintendent of Mardan jail also submitted a report, stating that Ansari has been kept in a secure cell and does not need to be moved to another jail in Peshawar.
“He is in a separate cell, away from other prisoners,” the DAG assured the court.
Ansari’s lawyer added that the 27-year-old was also not permitted to meet his family, who has been trying to get permission from the Pakistani authorities.
A separate petition by Ansari’s lawyer has also been filed in the Peshawar High Court (PHC), requesting that he must not be treated like a spy since he was not involved in any anti-state activities.
Ansari came to Pakistan to allegedly meet a girl from Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, whom he became friends with through social media in 2012.
He was arrested by security forces and has been in prison ever since, charged with espionage and spying.