“I thank Allah. Just the thought of being able to see my mother, brothers makes me shiver with excitement.”
This was 15-year-old Nasir Sultan reacting to the happy news that the Punjab Police were withdrawing charges against the 15-year-old. Nasir is at present lodged in a juvenile home at Faridkot for crossing the border into India. He could be back home in Pakistan in a matter of days.
Driven by the dream of meeting his idol Shah Rukh Khan and making a career for himself in Bollywood, Nasir had crossed into Indian Punjab wearing his school uniform and carrying his school bag on August 16.
He promised that he would never think of crossing the border with valid documents. “Can I now meet Shah Rukh?” he asked innocently.
The Hindustan Times had front-paged Nasir’s plight on October 28, calling on the Indian government to show some heart since the child from Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province was neither a saboteur nor a spy.
“All he needs now is an emergency travel document,” a South Block official said.
A Pakistani High Commission official said he was awaiting details of all those granted consular access in Amritsar recently.
Twenty-eight Pakistani prisoners, including two women, were released by New Delhi on Friday.
“My studies suffered a lot,” added Nasir. “Now I’ll work hard for the coming 10th class exam”.