The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday dismissed the writ petition of an Indian prisoner who was seeking remissions in his prison term, reported The News International.
The court gave the verdict after the Ministry of Interior apprised it that the Indian prisoner, Hamid Nihal Ansari, will be repatriated after completion of his prison term on December 15.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Roohul Amin Khan and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim passed the ruling.
According to the news portal, Nihal Ansari, is languishing in the Central Prison Mardan, where he has been serving the sentence of three-year imprisonment which was awarded to him by a military court in December 2015 after slapping charges of espionage and involvement in anti-state activities on him.
The Pakistan attorney general, representing the government told the court that according to the exchange of prisoners' agreement between Pakistan and India Ansari will be handed over to Indian authorities through the Wagah border within 24 hours after completion of his prison term.
However, defending Nihal Ansari his counsel asserted before the court that his client was not convicted for any terrorist activity he was entitled to remissions. Ansari's counsel also emphasised that if he was granted remissions, he can be deported to India now.
Ansari was a teacher at the Mumbai Management College, who in 2012 went to Pakistan to meet a woman whom he had befriended through social media. Ansari went missing after he was apprehended by the Pakistan intelligence agencies and local police from Kohat district in November 2012.