Abducted Atiya, six, coming home

Hillingdon Times: 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 is on her way home more than three years after she was abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan, sources said.

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 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 sources have now revealed that new information had come to light, that Atiya had been located in Pakistan and that she was due to arrive back in the UK later.

Just last month Ms Wilkinson, 32, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, launched a fresh appeal for information on her daughter's whereabouts. It is thought Atiya was found after police published a computer-generated image of what Atiya would look like now - a day before her sixth birthday in November. It is understood Atiya was found in Pakistan, is flying back to England and is due to arrive at Manchester Airport later.

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.

Ms Wilkinson, a former charity worker, took legal action in an attempt to force Anjum to reveal the crucial details.

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. Mr Justice Moor said he was sure Anjum was lying. The judge said: "I am certain that he is in contempt. It is absolutely absurd for him to suggest that he does not know the whereabouts of his daughter and he cannot contact her. I am certain he is lying." Another judge has previously said the case was "as bad a case of child abduction as I have encountered".

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