A man who was stranded on a military base in Florida for more than three months was reunited with his family after a video emerged online showing him singing the national anthem at a military recruiting station.
The man, identified as Shahnawaz, who was a member of the Pakistani army, was flown to Tampa, Florida, by Air Force One on April 30, just days after being separated from his wife and four children.
His family, from Mumbai, India, travelled to the US to reunite him.
The video showed Shahnaz, dressed in his uniform, singing the US national anthem in a military recruitment station in the city of Tampa.
The footage was shared by social media users in the US and by the Pakistani community, who said it was an act of defiance by the military to its citizens.
Shahnawzah is seen singing along with the soldiers, who sing along with him.
In the video, the Pakistani military recruits a US citizen to serve in Afghanistan.
The recruitment station is run by the United States military, which has been accused of human rights abuses in Pakistan, where it has an extensive presence.
Shahid Khawaja, a US government lawyer who represented Shahnab in court, said the footage was a violation of the American constitution and the law of war.
The US has been criticized for not holding the military accountable for abuses committed by its own troops.
Shanahab’s case has attracted attention because of his family’s experience of poverty and the difficulties they face trying to get visas to the United State.
“They have a tough time getting visas,” he said.
“So we are asking them to show respect for the country they are from.
That’s why we have been protesting and demanding their release.”
In April, he said he would travel to New York and file a lawsuit in the state court against the US government and the US ambassador to Pakistan, saying the US had violated the human rights of its citizens by failing to address the abuses committed against its own people.
Shangra Shahid, a member on Shahnajah’s legal team, said he hoped Shahnayzah’s release would draw attention to the “staggering” human rights violations in Pakistan.
“This is not an isolated case, there are many others,” Shahid said.
“The American embassy should take immediate action to take urgent steps to ensure Shahnas freedom.”
The case has also drawn international attention, with US Senator Rand Paul, a Republican who represents Florida’s home state, announcing on Tuesday that he had introduced legislation to bar the US from transferring foreign service officers to Pakistan.
The Pentagon, which runs the Pakistani embassy in Washington, said it did not comment on individual cases.
The incident comes just days before the 50th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
Last month, the Pentagon also announced it would allow the US military to send up to 20,000 more troops to the country.
The Afghan army has been on high alert since the fall of the Taliban in 2014, which it accuses of carrying out a campaign of sectarian attacks.