By Sharmila Ganesan Ram,TNN
Two mice fall into a bucket of cream. The first one gives up early and dies. The second one keeps thrashing about till one day, the cream turns into butter and it crawls out. Few years ago, Hamid Ansari narrated this short story to an auditorium full of school dropouts in Mumbai. Today, his mother is the second mouse.
For over two years now, Fauzia Ansari has been desperately burrowing through a series of tough hearts on both sides of the border to find her son, Hamid. In November 2012, Hamid had set off to meet a girl in Kohat near Peshawar that he had fallen in love with online. On the pretext of a job interview at Kabul airport, the then 27-year-old management graduate flew to Afghanistan and later illegally entered Kohat. Here, after checking into a hotel on November 14, 2012, he disappeared. It was only recently that the Pakistani police admitted that Hamid had been arrested by the local police on the information of Inspector Naeem Ullah of Intelligence Bureau, Kohat.
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