It was a long wait that ended in a happy reunion. Ghulam Nabi Shah, a Baramulla resident, who was among five other Indian prisoners released by Pakistan on February 16, was waiting for his kin since then.
On Friday, his family members and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials entered the local Red Cross office premises to script a happy ending to his travails.
Ghulam Nabi was waiting to go home but unfortunately nobody from his family had come to claim him. Hindustan Times had taken up the issue of the Indian nationals released by Pakistan.
As soon as Mohammad Anwar Shah of Baramulla entered the premises where Ghulam Nabi was kept, the latter identified his brother. A constable of the CISF, RU Khan, who was batchmate of Ghulam Nabi, also recognized him.
Elated after meeting his brother, Mohammad Anwar Shah said, "Ghulam Nabi went missing about five years back. We never knew that he was in Pakistan. We just felt that since Ghulam was mentally-disturbed, he might have lost. It was after we got a call from the CISF office in Ghaziabad that we came to know that Ghulam Nabi was in Amritsar after his release from a Pakistani jail." For a father of five daughters, Ghulam Nabi's return means a lot to the family.
"We want the CISF to give him pension and other benefits so that Ghulam Nabi can lead a better life and get medical help," his brother said.
Constable RU Khan, who spent 12 years of his career with Ghulam Nabi, said, "We were shocked to learn that he had landed in a Pak jail. He was undergoing treatment at Delhi. From there, he went missing about five years back."
The family said they will take Ghulam Nabi to Baramulla and will provide medical treatment to him.
Mohammad Sayeed, nephew of Ghulam Nabi, said the family was worried after Nabi went missing.