MEP Sajjad Karim said people need to think outside strict legal structures when dealing with similar cases to Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson's abduction in the future.
Personally, on the one hand I'm absolutely delighted (by Atiya's safe return). On the other hand there's frustration because honestly there's nothing I have done over the last four to five weeks that I couldn't have done three years ago. There is a fundamental need to review the protocols that we have in place in situations of this sort. We need to be thinking outside of strictly legal structures, we need to explore all the avenues available to us right at the outset to make sure this sort of situation doesn't happen again.
The politician who helped reunite a mother with her six-year-old girl who was kidnapped by her father three years ago has said there is a "fundamental need" to review how similar cases are dealt with in the future.
MEP Sajjad Karim helped in the search for Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson, who vanished in November 2009, after learning of the situation around a month ago.
Mr Karim said he used his contacts with the Pakistani authorities to help secure Atiya's return yesterday, saying they gave their "absolute determination" to the case and used intelligence from local contacts to find Atiya within a matter of weeks.
The mother of a six-year-old girl who was kidnapped by her father and taken to Pakistan three years ago said she was "overwhelmed".Read the full story ›
"Atiya was told that I was mummy, and she said 'mummy,' and smiled," said Gemma Wilkinson, shortly after being reunited with her six-year-old daughter.
"I was very worried that she would either be upset or scared but she hasn't been."
Gemma Wilkinson says that this Christmas has been a "whirlwind" after she was reunited with her six-year-old daughter.
The Wilkinson family didn't discover that they would be reunited with Atiya until yesterday, after she was kidnapped by her father and taken to Pakistan three years ago.
Atiya's mother has thanked the authorities in Pakistan after they reunited her with her daughter.
Gemma Wilkinson said that she understood that "it was Atiya's Uncle who flew out to collect her. I believe the house (where Atiya was found) was put under house arrest, but that is all that I know."
"My belief was never to give in, its just been a very long time and everything that has been given and every option that has been explored. We have tried so many different ways to get information on Atiya's location," she said.
"We are going to take every day as it comes. She will settle. She is going to find things strange but she is loved and we will take it day by day with the support that we can get from everybody."
Gemma Wilkinson said that she was nervous that her daughter would not recognise her after they were separated for three years. It's emerged that she was only told yesterday that she would be reunited with her daughter.
"Atiya was told that I was Mummy and she said Mummy and smiled.
"I was worried that she would be upset or scared but she hasn't been.
"I don't know anything other than Atiya's back. I believe she is very happy to be back. She has a big smile, she is happy, she is playing nicely."
Gemma Wilkinson, the mother of six-year-old Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson, said that she is "absolutely overwhelmed" at being reunited with her daughter.
"I can't explain in words to describe what it's like to see her face, to see what she is like now - it's very emotional.
"She is how I expected, she looks exactly the same as she did three years ago, she is just a bit taller and a bit older," she said.
Six-year-old Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson has been reunited with her mother after landing at Manchester Airport.
Atiya was abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan three years ago.
Six-year-old Atiya is safely back in the UK after her flight from Lahore, Pakistan touched down in Manchester. She will be reunited with her family in private later this evening.