A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl who was abducted by her father on her third birthday and taken to Pakistan was last night reunited with her mother.
Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson vanished in November 2009 after going to stay with her father, Razwan Ali Anjum.
The former insurance salesman said he was taking Atiya to Southport.
But there were reports that she may have been in Huddersfield, where her father has relatives, and police made appeals for help in the town.
But it transpired yesterday that he had taken her to Lahore, Pakistan, and told Gemma Wilkinson – Atiya’s mother – that she was “never going to see Atiya again”.
Anjum is currently serving a prison sentence in the UK for refusing to reveal his daughter’s whereabouts despite a court order.
But Greater Manchester Police confirmed that Atiya had been located in Pakistan.
Last night, during an emotional reunion, mother and daughter finally came face-to-face after the youngster was tracked down and flown to Manchester Airport.
Atiya was on a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Islamabad which touched down at Manchester Airport at around 7.15pm
Just last month Ms Wilkinson, 32, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, launched a fresh appeal for information on Atiya’s whereabouts.
Anjum was handed a fourth consecutive jail term by a High Court judge in April after he refused to reveal where his daughter was.
Mr Justice Moor imposed a 12-month prison sentence after he found him in contempt of a High Court order instructing him to disclose Atiya’s whereabouts.
He said Anjum, who is in his late 20s, would not be eligible for release until he had served at least six months.
Anjum, who represented himself at the latest court hearing, indicated that Atiya was in Pakistan or Iran but said he did not know her exact whereabouts.
MEP Sajjad Karim said: “I was delighted to be able to assist Greater Manchester Police to bring this case to a satisfactory fruition.
“Two Greater Manchester Police officers have provided continued support for this case for over three years but the real credit goes to Atiya’s mum, Gemma, who never gave up. I am also very grateful to the Pakistani authorities who did the work on the ground to locate Atiya.”