Don't Fall In Love Over Facebook, Says Mumbai Man Freed By Pakistan

It was on Facebook that software engineer Hamid Nihal Ansari fell in love with a girl from Pakistan, went there to prevent her "forced" marriage and before he could meet her, was arrested and jailed.

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Don't Fall In Love Over Facebook, Says Mumbai Man Freed By Pakistan

Pakistan on Monday released Indian prisoner Hamid Nihal Ansari, who was detained in 2012. (File)


Mumbai: 

Having spent almost six years in a Pakistani jail, software engineer Hamid Nihal Ansari's advice to the youth is simple: Don't fall in love over Facebook.

It was on Facebook that he fell in love with a girl from Pakistan, went there to prevent her "forced" marriage and before he could meet her, was arrested and jailed.

That was six years ago.

Today, as he reached his home in suburban Mumbai, he was in a reflective mood.

"Never hide anything from your parents. Only your parents stand by your side in testing times. And never resort to any illegal means to go to any place," Mr Ansari said.

Asked what advice will he give to people who fall in love over Facebook, Mr Ansari said, "Don't take (that) risk. Don't fall in love. Don't fall in love by trusting (what is on) Facebook."

As Mr Ansari and his family reached their house in Versova after their arrival from Delhi today morning, they were greeted by their neighbours who had decorated the gate with Welcome Hamid written on it with a blue ribbon.

He said the news of his release came as a bolt from the blue. "At 6.30 am on Tuesday, the (jail) deputy superintendent came to me and said you have half an hour to be ready (for release). I was very excited and decided not to waste a single moment. I changed my clothes, put on my shoes and sat in the vehicle. The convoy was ready (for my journey)," he said.

Mr Ansari was arrested in Pakistan in 2012 for allegedly entering that country from Afghanistan reportedly to meet a woman he had befriended online. Pakistan slapped espionage charges against him. He was repatriated on Tuesday and handed over to India at the Wagah-Attari border.



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