5-year-old Pak boy reunites with mother after a year at Wagah

Lahore
4 Feb 2017

A five-year-old Pakistani boy, who was taken to India on the sly by his father a year ago, was today reunited with his mother in Pakistan at the Wagah border after the Indian authorities handed him over.

The boy, Iftikhar Ahmed, was handed over to Pakistan Rangers at Wagah where his mother was waiting for him for several hours. "I am extremely happy to have my son back. I am thankful to the Pakistani government for its help for return of my child," Iftikhar's mother Rohina Kiyani told newspersons at Wagah. "I had lost all hope of getting my child back. It's not a less than a miracle for me," Kiyani said. In March 2016, Iftikhar was taken to India by his father, who is from Jammu.

The boy's mother alleged that her former husband had lied to her that he was taking the child to a wedding along with him as he took him to Dubai and from there to Kashmir. Kiyani with the help of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi filed a case in an Indian court that ruled in May 2016 in her favour. After the case was taken up by the Pakistani high commission and proven that Iftikhar was a Pakistani by nationality, the verdict was given that he be returned to his mother in Pakistan.
Due to border tensions, it took eight months for the mother to get the good news of seeing her son.

Meanwhile, in a goodwill gesture, the BSF today handed over a Pakistani national who crossed into to India inadvertently back to his home country. 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.