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Atiya's mum: I'm scared he'll snatch her again

The mother of a six-year-old girl snatched by her father and taken to Pakistan says she fears he will do it again.

Razwan Ali Anjum from Rochdale has failed in his bid at the High Court to be released from prison for refusing to reveal where his daughter Atiya was.

The judge said he had subjected the child to extraordinary cruelty.

Atiya was just three when her father took her from from her home in Ashton under Lyne to Pakistan texting her mother, Gemma, to say she would never see her again.

Atiya was returned to the UK last month, after she was found on Christmas Eve living with her father's relatives in the Punjab.

The judge said the 28-year-old deserved no credit for bringing his daughter home, and he deserved to stay in prison.

But he's already told the courts he wants to see Atiya again when he's released next spring.

Her mother says she's relieved he's still in custody to give her more time to settle her daughter at home.

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