If Mohd Ramzan, a Pakistani boy stranded in Bhopal is desperate to go back to his mother in Karachi, a boy from Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh, who is incarcerated in a Pakistan jail, too yearns for his return.
A Panipat-based advocate Momin Malik, who has taken up the cudgels for Ramzan, has now decided to reunite the Seoni boy with his family.
Talking to Hindustan Times over phone, Malik said Jitendra Arjunwar, a resident of Baghat village in Seoni district is lodged in Malir jail in Karachi, Pakistan, since August 2013 on charges of trespassing.
Arjunwar had run away from his home in 2012. He was caught by the Pakistani security agencies near Sindh cantonment, 35 km from the international border, when he asked for water. Not knowing that he has strayed into Pakistan. He was then jailed.
Malik said, “I have collected all the documents related to Arjunwar. He is innocent just like Ramzan and Geeta but he was caught by security agencies and jailed. I will go to Pakistan soon. I will meet lawyers and other authorities too who are looking after the case of Arjunwar.”
Malik said, “The exchange of Ramzan and Arjunwar will improve the relations between the two countries. Jitendra is a patient of sickle-cell anaemia and he needs to be released from jail as soon as possible. He was booked under section 14 of Pakistan Foreign Act 1946.”
“I will also file a PIL at Jabalpur high court to ensure his freedom,” he added.
Notably, Malik is the same person who took up the cases of Geeta and Ramzan.
A week ago, senior diplomat from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, Khadim Hussain had met Ramzan in Bhopal following Ramzan’s meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
Geeta from India was in Pakistan before she was repatriated to India while Ramzan is still waiting to meet his mother. Ramzan was taken to Bangladesh by his father when the latter deserted his wife in Pakistan to settle in Bangladesh about 5 years back. He was caught in Bhopal and lodged in a shelter home here.