After spending more than two years in a juvenile jail, Kasif (12), a Pakistani boy, who had strayed into the Indian territory without valid documents, may head home soon. Pakistan emigration authorities and their counterparts in India have started the process to verify Kasif's residence and his identity as a Pakistani national.
The process to verify identity of Kasif, son of Mohamad Jafar, and a resident of Pira Hyat, Thana Mandi, in Okana district, will start on September 28, for which the juvenile jail authorities will take him to Amritsar.
Sources said the Pakistani government has sent a communication in this regard to the office concerned in Amritsar. Officials from both governments and nominated advocates would discuss the issue and the boy's photographs and required documents would be handed over to the Pakistani authorities for verification. After the proper verification, Kasif would be sent back to Pakistan.
Confirming the move, Faridkot deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, "The office concerned in Amritsar has got a communication from the Pakistani government to bring the boy to Amritsar for verification process."
After his arrest for entering the Indian territory without valid documents, Kasif was sent to the juvenile jail in Faridkot. On April 6, 2011, he was acquitted by Juvenile Justice Board.