Atiya father to argue for access to his daughter

Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson was reunited with her mother in December Photo: Press Association

A father from Rochdale who was jailed after abducting his daughter and taking her to Pakistan for three years will argue in court he should be allowed to keep in contact with her.

Former insurance salesman Razwan Ali Anjum, 29, will ask a High Court judge to allow him access to six-year-old Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson - who was found in Pakistan by police in December, more than three years after vanishing.

Anjum told her mother he was taking her to the seaside in November 2009, when she was three years old, but in fact she was taken to Pakistan to live with his family.

Atiya was found on Christmas Eve then flown back to the UK and reunited with her mother, Gemma Wilkinson.

Ms Wilkinson, 34, from Greater Manchester, is set to challenge the application.

Anjum was jailed in 2010 after a High Court judge ruled that he was in contempt of court because he had disobeyed orders to return Atiya or say where she was.

He was then given additional jail terms after repeatedly refusing to comply with orders.

Last month he tried, and failed, to win his freedom following Atiya's discovery.

Mr Justice Holman ruled at the High Court in London that he should stay behind bars because he had not helped police reunite Atiya with her mother, adding: "The human cruelty of these facts of the matter can scarcely be overstated."

But Anjum has since been released and left custody on March 1, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed.

Ms Wilkinson and Atiya now live at a secret address.

Atiya's case is due before Mr Justice Peter Jackson at Liverpool Family Court on Friday.