Dad’s wish to keep in touch with daughter four years after kidnapping her to be opposed by Manchester mum

By Mancunian Matters staff

After being reunited with her daughter following a three-year kidnap, Manchester mum Gemma Wilkinson is set to plead with authorities to not let her ex-partner contact their daughter ever again.

Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson was abducted by her father Razwan Ali Anjum, 29, and taken to Pakistan in 2009 when she was just three years old – she was finally found last Christmas Eve and flown back to her mum.

And Anjum is set to ask a High Court judge to allow him to have contact with his daughter, but Ms Wilkinson will go head-to-head with the appeal.

“It’s not surprising to me that [Anjum] wants to have contact despite what’s happened – that’s the way he is,” said Ms Wilkinson. “But I will oppose it.”

Anjum was jailed for contempt of court in 2010 after refusing to return Atiya, who was abandoned in Pakistan, or inform police of her whereabouts.

He failed in his bid to be released from jail following Atiya’s return, after a High Court judge ruled that he should not be let out early having not helped police.

Originally from Ashton-under-Lyne, Ms Wilkinson and her daughter are now living at a secret location to help protect their safety.

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