Amid Indo-Pak tension, India reunites Pakistani boy Iftikhar Ahmed with his mother

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New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2017 9:24:34 PM

As the escalated tension between India and Pakistan across the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) continues, a five-year-old boy has today been reunited with his family in Pakistan, on 4th February at the Wagah-Attari border.

According to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, the Pakistani boy was lodged for some time in an Amritsar hotel with a senior diplomat and later taken to the Wagah border. (ANI)According to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, the Pakistani boy was lodged for some time in an Amritsar hotel with a senior diplomat and later taken to the Wagah border. (ANI)

As the escalated tension between India and Pakistan across the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) continues, a five-year-old boy has been reunited with his family in Pakistan, on 4th February at the Wagah-Attari border. Reportedly, last year, the father of the boy, who belongs to Jammu and Kashmir, had forcibly taken the boy to India.

According to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, the Pakistani boy was lodged for some time in an Amritsar hotel with a senior diplomat and later taken to the Wagah border. Appreciating India for its cooperation in sending the boy home, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit thanked the country in an official statement.

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Earlier last year, in March, Gulzar Ahmed took his son Iftikhar to Ganderbal district in Jammu and Kashmir. Later Iftikhar’s mother Rohini Kiyani from Pakistan-administered Kashmir filed a case in an Indian court. However, although the court verdict in favour of the mother’s claim for his son came in May 2016, it took 8 months for the reunion because of the escalating tension between the two neighbours.

Allegedly, the father lied his wife and took the boy to Dubai and then to Ganderbal. The Pakistan High Commission has confirmed that Gulzar belongs to Pakistan and directed for his repatriation to Pakistan.

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