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Father to stay in jail after abducting daughter

A former insurance salesman who abducted his daughter more than three years ago has had his request to be released from prison rejected.

Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson, now six, was found in Pakistan in December
Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson, now six, was found in Pakistan in December Credit: Press Association

Razwan Ali Anjum was ordered by the High Court to reveal the whereabouts his daughter, Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson, but was jailed for contempt of court after refusing to comply. A High Court Judge said Anjum should not be freed from prison yet.

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Police appeal for fresh information in search for Atiya

As far as we know, Razwan has had no contact with Atiya himself. He's never received any letters or photographs of Atiya, so there's no way that he knows how she is.

We've been to see him a few times. He maintains the facade she's in Iran but there's no evidence to support that, so we're very sceptical. It's only him that holds the information.

– Det. Constable Emma Constantine, Greater Manchester Police's Child Protection Unit

We're working with a range of international agencies in order to find out who may be harbouring her, but it presents its challenges and problems and hopefully this is now the time to tug at heart-strings and generate information from the public.

We haven't got any evidence to know she's even alive. This is the only way he can exert control. He's manipulative, he puts himself first. He will convince himself that she's looked after and cared for but he doesn't know that.

– Detective Superintendent Phil Owen

Atiya's mum: 'We just want her home'

It's been an absolute nightmare. As to her whereabouts we know nothing. We've had no contact. I'm worrying every day, every single day. Everything is affected by it. When I close my eyes I see her.

I say goodnight to her every night before bed. I pray she's okay. We don't have any proof that she's okay, there is no proof she is still alive. It's been discussed that she could have been sold, but I don't want to believe it. She was so funny. She was a little bundle of joy. We just want her home.

– Gemma Wilkinson

Mum pleaded for information on Atiya's whereabouts

Gemma Wilkinson, a former charity worker, took legal action in an attempt to force Anjum to reveal the whereabouts of her daughter Atiya.

Gemma Wilkinson makes an emotional plea for Atiya to return home Credit: Allan Bentley/PA Wire

Anjum, who represented himself at the latest court hearing, indicated that Atiya was in Pakistan or Iran but said he did not know her exact whereabouts.

Mr Justice Moor said he was sure Anjum was lying.

Judge told dad to find missing Atiya

Razwan Ali Anjum was handed a fourth consecutive jail term by a High Court judge in April after he refused to reveal where his daughter was.

Mr Justice Moor imposed a 12-month prison sentence after he found him in contempt of a High Court order instructing him to disclose her whereabouts.

He said Anjum, who is in his late 20s, would not be eligible for release until he had served at least six months.

Judges have previously imposed jail terms of two years, 12 months and another 12 months in the hope that Anjum would provide information.

They have re-jailed Anjum as each sentence neared its end.

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Missing Atiya: Mother makes new appeal

The mother of a missing girl abducted by her father says she prays her "little bundle of joy" is safe and well, three years after she was taken.

Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson went missing in 2009 Credit: Handout/PA Archive

Gemma Wilkinson from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, said not knowing five-year-old Atiya is even alive is an "absolute nightmare".

The 32-year-old is appealing today for information on her whereabouts.

Atiya 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 Ms Wilkinson that she was "never going to see Atiya again", courts have heard.

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