A teenager was returned to the Border Security Force in India by Pakistan Rangers as a move of goodwill. Last year, India had returned two Pakistani nationals.
Chandigarh: An Indian boy who had crossed the border into Pakistan last year has now been sent back through the Wagah Border. The move was a goodwill gesture by Pakistan Rangers following a legal inquiry into the case.
The 16-year-old Assamese boy, Bimal Narjee, was handed over to the Border Security Force after verification of all documents and inquiry.
India released two jailed Pakistani nationals -Mohammed Imran Qureshi Warsi and Abdullah- through the Attari-Wagah border in December last year. Abdullah was detained from Attari in 2017 while Warsi was sentenced by a local court in 2008 under the Official Secrets Act and Passport Act for forging documents and spying. He had come to India in 2004 to meet his Kolkata-based relatives and stayed on in the country for four years beyond the expiry of his visa, during the course of which he married an Indian girl. Abdullah, on the other hand, had allegedly come to India to meet his childhood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
Another man from Mumbai had also returned from Pakistan after six years when he illegally entered the region to save his girlfriend (whom he had met on Facebook) from a forced marriage. Hamid Ansari had a harrowing time after he crossed over. Furthermore, he never met his girlfriend. Ansari was sentenced to three years in prison by a military court in December 2015 after being slapped with charges of espionage and involvement in anti-state activities. After six years, he was given 30 minutes to get ready to return to India. After his return, Ansari sent out a message in which he advised the youth of India to not believe what they see on Facebook.
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Last Updated Feb 14, 2019, 3:53 PM IST