Amritsar, Nov 2: After spending over a decade in jail in India, three Pakistani nationals – 11 year old Hina, her mother Fatima and aunt Mumtaz – were released on Thursday. Fatima and Mumtaz were arrested on smuggling charges and were lodged in Amritsar jail for over 10 years.

After being released today, Fatima thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said she saluted India. “I was told that PM Modi paid special attention to our case, we thank him and salute India,” Fatima said.

Pakistani nationals Fatima and Mumtaz were areested on May 8, 2006 from the Attari border, after they were caught smuggling narcotics to India. They booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and were sentenced to 10 and half years in jail, and were also fined Rs 2 lakh each. Their jail term was extended as they failed to pay the fine, following which an NGO paid it for them in April this year.

Fatima, who was pregnant at the time of her arrest, gave birth to Hina in jail. Hina went to the Amritsar jail school and is a student of Class V.