Despite increased tension between the two neighbours following the 'murder' of death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who died in a Lahore hospital, India showed a great deal of compassion and sent home two Pakistani nationals, who had crossed over inadvertently.
Bashir (30) and Ghulam Ghouse (39) were handed over to the Pakistan Rangers by the Border Security Force (BSF) after a flag meeting between the two border guarding forces near border outpost (BOP), Gulgarh, in the Amritsar sector on Thursday.
BSF DIG RPS Jaswal said two residents of Mirdad village in Sahiwal district entered the Indian territory near BOP, Gurgarh, on Wednesday. A BSF patrol party apprehended them 600 metre inside the Indian territory.
The DIG added that when questioned, the two revealed that they were visiting their agricultural fields when they inadvertently crossed over and realised their mistake when the BSF patrol intercepted them. The Pakistani national were well looked after at the BOP and the rangers were informed.
A flag meeting took place between the BSF and rangers and the latter were given the addresses of two intruders. After cross-checking the details, the rangers agreed to accept the two.