India sends home 39 Pak nationals
In a goodwill gesture, the Indian government today sent home 39 Pakistani nationals including one Razia, who crossed over to Pakistan with mixed feelings, as she claimed that she had lost her two children during stay in India.india Updated: Apr 12, 2011 00:50 IST
In a goodwill gesture, the Indian government today sent home 39 Pakistani nationals including one Razia, who crossed over to Pak with mixed feelings, as she claimed that she had lost her two children during stay in India.
As the Attari Border witnessed 39 Pakistani prisoners being brought from various jails of the country for repatriation, one Razia, who hailed from Sialkot claimed, “I had come to Delhi to meet my mother but lost my two children Shakeel and Nasreen (daughter) in train.
As my passport was also lost along with the luggage, I was caught by police. Now I am going back to my country but I don’t know that where my kids are. Are they in India or gone back, I don’t know anything.”
Meanwhile, for others it was smiles all over, as they were eager to go back home and meet their families.
One Tauqeer, who hailed from Faislabad and claimed that he was nabbed from area near Ferozepur border around seven yeas back said, “I never knew where the border was and crossed it.
I was nabbed by the Indian security officials and later sent to jail. It has been a long time. I don’t know anything about my family back home. Their has been no communication.
I hope to start life afresh but firstly I am eager to see that how my family was.” Notably, their were many Pakistani nationals, who faced charges of border crossing and admitted that it was a big mistake made by them.
Shahzad Mohammad, who crossed into India in 2007 said, “I did the job of welding in Pakistan but four years back I was nabbed from R.S Pura sector for border crossing.
Every day has been tough but today I am very happy that I am going home. Their were many such persons, and one Mohmmad Yasim was sol elated to go back that he was regularly waving at the media and evening singing songs before going home. Their was another woman named Aseea Begum, who reportedly had crossed after a quarrel at home around one and a half years back.
It may be mentioned that their were couple of people including one Md. Qasim, who reportedly faced charges of militancy. The Pakistani prisoners demanded that both countries must release people who have completed sentences and also that cases of inadvertent crossing be dealt with leniency.