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Pakistan says Indian woman Tina Sharma not in captivity, India firm to bring her back

Tina is believed to be in the captivity of her husband Suleman in Gujranwala, Pakistan.  Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan Apr 18, 2019, 04.38 PM (IST)

The Pakistan foreign ministry on Thursday refused to acknowledge that an Indian woman named Tina Sharma is held captive in the country. Tina from Chandigarh had arrived in Pakistan last year on October 24, allegedly converted to Islam and married a Pakistani national.
 
"As per our reports from ground, Tina is not kidnapped nor held captive. We will share the details once Interior ministry shares their report with us," Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said on Thursday.

Indian government in multiple note verbales to Pakistan had enquired about her and demanded that Tina should be sent back. She is believed to be in the captivity of her husband Suleman in Gujranwala, Pakistan.
 
"We have raised this issue with Pakistan government several times. Tina is kept in captivity," Indian High Commission spokesman said in Islamabad on Monday.

The case has many parallels with Hamid Nehal and Uzma Ahmed. Hamid was repatriated last year after six years in a Pakistani jail. Hamid Nehal Ansari went to Pakistan via Afghanistan after befriending a Pakistani girl whom he fell in love with. He went to Pakistan's Kohat on a fake passport in 2012 and was arrested there by security officials.

Uzma Ahmed, an Indian who was brought back in 2017 had a similar story. She fell in love with a Pakistan's Tahir Ali in Malaysia and went with him to Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district. Later in Buner district of the province, she was asked to marry him. She managed to escape and reached the Indian High Commission and with the help of officials there came back to India.

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Indian government in multiple note verbales to Pakistan had enquired about Tina Sharma and demanded that she should be sent back.