Pakistani national inadvertently crossed International Border, handed over to Rangers on humanitarian ground: BSF

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New Delhi | February 4, 2017 9:34 PM

Amid escalated tension between India and Pakistan across the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC), the Border Security Force (BSF) has today handed over a Pakistani national to the Rangers.

BSF did not register any case against the Pakistani national for crossing to India, a senior BSF official said. (ANI)BSF did not register any case against the Pakistani national for crossing to India, a senior BSF official said. (ANI)

Amid escalated tension between India and Pakistan across the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC), the Border Security Force (BSF) has today handed over a Pakistani national to the Rangers. The move by BSF came in a goodwill gesture considering that the Pakistani national had crossed the International Border into India inadvertently.

BSF did not register any case against the Pakistani national for crossing to India, a senior BSF official said. BSF DIG J S Kataria said BSF troops of Border Out Post Rattan Khurd, Amritsar Sector apprehended the Pakistani national identified as Nemshah, aged 35, and a resident of Nagga Chak, Faislabad, Pakistan, after he crossed the international boundary and entered inside Indian territory near the border fence.

However, as Nemshah had inadvertently crossed over to the Indian territory, Pakistani Rangers were contacted and the apprehended Pakistani national was handed over to them, Kataria said.

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In a similar incidence of goodwill gesture by the country, a five-year-old boy has today been reunited with his mother in Pakistan, with the help of Indian authorities. 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.

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.

(With inputs from agencies)

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