Indo-Pak Affairs

Pakistani boy in India for seven years heads for home

LUCKNOW: In a story that could be a good script for a Bollywood film, a Pakistani boy after spending seven years in a police station in the Uttar Pradesh capital and now grown into a young man has left for the Attari border where he will be handed over to Pakistani authorities. The story goes back to 2000, when a 10-year-old Pakistani boy named Shareef accidentally crossed over to the Indian border and somehow reached Lucknow. He was arrested by the Kakori police and produced before the juvenile court, which ordered his conditional release and directed that he be sent back to his country.

However, the order of the court could not be implemented due to ‘technical reasons’. Meanwhile, Shareef started living at the Kakori Police Station and became friendly with the police personnel and others residing nearby. In 2004, the court again ordered police to send him back, but it again met with the same fate. In this period, Shareef grew into a teenager and fell in love and one day ran away from the police station, which was his home for all practical purposes.This led to panic among the police officials and an inquiry was ordered, but to their comfort Shareef returned soon after.

After the incident, Lucknow police took up the mater afresh and contacted the Pakistan High Commission and Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi.The district magistrate and city senior superintendent of police received an order from the external affairs ministry on Dec 7 to take Shareef to the Attari border to be handed over to the Pakistani Rangers on Monday.According to police, Shareef is the son of Mohammad Ishhaq, a resident of Karachi. He left for the border Saturday escorted by a police team.

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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