The Indian high commissioner to Pakistan on Tuesday met the mother of a 14-year-old boy stranded in Bhopal for two years, an activist said, raising hopes of the teenager’s return to his home in Karachi.
The development came a few days after the speech and hearing impaired Geeta returned to India almost 15 years after straying into Pakistan.
Unlike Geeta, Md Ramzan had landed in India on his own two years ago after escaping from his allegedly abusive step-mother and father in Bangladesh. His father had allegedly moved to Bangladesh from Pakistan and re-married a couple of years ago.
The Indian high commissioner TCA Raghavan met Razia Begum, mother of Ramzan in Karachi.
The meeting came a day after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that “Geeta is happy in Indore. We will resolve Ramzan and Salman’s cases shortly. Our High Commissioner is in Karachi. Will meet Ramzan’s mother.” (sic)
Indian youth Salman Ahmed, 24, is stranded in Karachi for the 22 years. Salman’s family lives in Aligarh.
Burney told Hindustan Times over phone that Raghavan talked to Razia in the presence of representative of Burney Trust Shaguffta Burney.
Ansar Burney said “it’s a matter of great pleasure” for him as the minister considered the case of both Salman and Ramzan together.
Burney said, “Raghavan assured Ramzan’s mother that soon she will meet her son. He also asked Begum to get her passport. After getting passport, Indian high commission will issue visa to Razia so that he can go to Bhopal to meet her son.”
“I am sure that mother and son will reunite soon. Begum has already applied for Pakistani national identity card.”
Director, Childline, Bhopal chapter, where Ramzan is currently putting up, Archana Sahay, said, “Ramzan is very happy that the process of sending him to Pakistan has been initiated.”
Burney Trust had taken up the cause of Ramzan after HT broke the story about the boy in September, 2015, and also highlighted apathy of the state government agencies to repatriate the boy.
However, following Gita’s return to India, prime minister’s office (PMO) took up Ramzan’s case.