Kidnapped girl arrives home

A six-year-old girl who was kidnapped by her father and taken to Lahore, Pakistan, is back in Greater Manchester. Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson was taken from her home in Ashton-under-Lyne in November 2009, sparking an international search.

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Kidnapped six-year-old girl coming home

Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson was kidnapped in November 2009 Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

A six-year-old girl from Ashton-under-Lyne is on her way home more than three years after she was abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan, sources said today.

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.

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 today.

Just last month Gemma, 32, launched a fresh appeal for information on her daughter's whereabouts.

Aitya's mother Gemma Wilkinson appealing for her daughter's return in November Credit: Allan Bentley/PA Wire

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