Abducted girl flying home to mother

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson was abducted by her father in November 2009 (Greater Manchester Police/PA) Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson was abducted by her father in November 2009 (Greater Manchester Police/PA)

A six-year-old girl who was abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan three years ago is due to be 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.

Instead he took 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 and she is due to arrive back in the UK later on Friday.

It is understood that the youngster is returning to England on a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Islamabad and is due to arrive at Manchester Airport after 7pm.

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. Judges have previously imposed jail terms of two years, 12 months and another 12 months in the hope that Anjum would provide information. They have re-jailed Anjum as each sentence neared its end.

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