Fasih’s wife gives birth to a girl

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The wife of Fasih Mehmood, the 28-year-old engineer deported from Saudi Arabia and held by Indian authorities since October 22 this year, has given birth to a daughter.

Nikhat Parveen, 22, had been pregnant when Fasih was picked up from their home in Saudi Arabia. The mother and daughter, who are doing fine, are at Nikhat's home in Patna. The daughter, born on December 3, has been named Ayesha Fasih.

Fasih, who is under arrest, is yet to see her.

For over five months after Fasih was picked up, the family had no information on his whereabouts, except for a phone call he made. Nikhat finally filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court seeking that the government reveal where her husband was. The only time the family got any information was in June, when Karnataka filed an affidavit in response to this petition. After he was deported, Nikhat has been leading the legal battle against his arrest.

Fasih's brother Sabih Mehmood said the birth of the daughter was a ray of hope for the family. "I am confident that my brother is innocent and it will be proved so," Sabih said.

Fasih, who had been in the custody of the Karnataka police for a few days, returned to Tihar jail three weeks ago. Sources said he was being questioned over the bombings at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and the shooting near Delhi's Jama Masjid in 2010.

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