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Pak newborn finally allowed to accompany parents on return trip to Sindh province

Mukesh Mathrani, Hindustan Times  Barmer, April 29, 2014
First Published: 18:57 IST(29/4/2014) | Last Updated: 19:00 IST(29/4/2014)
Ending days of procedural wrangling, Pakistani authorities have finally allowed 15-day-old Sohail Khan to accompany his parents to their home in Sindh province.
 
On Friday, Pakistani authorities had refused entry to the newborn on the ground that his photograph was not attached to his mother's passport as required.
 
The authorities' clearance came on Monday after the baby's mother Mai Fatima met Pakistani authorities at New Delhi.
 
"I am thankful to both the Indian and Pakistani governments for solving our problem. Our baby's journey to Pakistan has been cleared," a visibly relieved Fatima said. 
 
Sohail is the youngest among three children.
 
The family was stopped at Munabao station along the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan where passengers of the weekly Thar Express change train to board trains of their respective countries.
 
The Jodhpur-Karachi Thar Express runs every Friday.
 
Sohail was born prematurely on April 14 during Fatima and her husband Mir Mohammad's visit to Jaisalmer town to meet their relatives. She was seven-month pregnant at that time.

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