Jammu, Jan 8: A14-year-old boy who had crossed over to this side of Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on December 31 from was handed over to the Pakistan Army on January 8.
Ali Haider, a resident of Mirpur in PaK, had inadvertently crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) on December 31. He inadvertently crossed the LoC near Rangar Nala in Poonch on December 31, 2020.
Jammu-based Defence spokesman said the boy seemed innocent and was immediately provided with clothing, food and shelter .
“On January 3, a request was quickly made to Pakistan authorities to repatriate him on humanitarian grounds. Pakistan Authorities were also reminded of our earlier request to repatriate an Indian boy named Mohammed Shabir, who had inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan from the Poonch sector on December 24, 2020,” he said.
The spokesman said Pakistan authorities finally accepted the proposal on January 6.
“With the support of J&K Police and Civil administration, Ali Haider was repatriated to Pakistan via Poonch Rawalakot Crossing Point. Pakistan authorities also handed over Mohammed Shabir after 16 days of staying in Pakistan custody,” he added.