A Six-year-old girl who was abducted by her father on her third birthday and taken to Pakistan was last night reunited with her mother.
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 last night, mother and daughter finally came face-to-face after the youngster was tracked down and flown to Manchester Airport.
Ms Wilkinson said she could not explain what it was like to see her daughter's face again and see "what she is actually like".
She said: "It was very emotional. She is how I expected. She looks exactly the same as she did three years ago, she is just taller and a bit older."
Describing the moment they met again, Ms Wilkinson said: "She had a big smile on her face. Atiya was told that I was mummy and she said 'Mummy' and smiled."
Atiya's uncle flew out to collect the youngster following help from MEP Sajjad Karim, who alerted Pakistani contacts to her plight.