17-year-old Pakistani boy sent back home after almost 2 years
Chandigarh: A 17-year-old Pakistani boy was sent back home on Tuesday to the neighbouring nation, two years after he inadvertently crossed over to the Indian territory in 2018 following a tiff with his family.
After he was released from a juvenile home in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district on Tuesday morning, Mubashar Bilal, a resident of border village Wazirpur of Pakistan's Kasur district, was taken to the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar where he was handed over to Pakistani authorities, officials said.
Bilal, who is also known as Mubarak, was handed over to the Pakistani Rangers by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel around 1:30 pm, they said.
Bilal said he had left home in a huff following a fight with his family members.
"There was a bit of a fight at home and I left it in anger. I could not come to know (entering India) and then I was caught by the BSF personnel," Bilal said, adding that he spent almost 20-22 months here.
Bilal crossed over to Pakistan on the basis of the 'Emergency Travel Certificate' issued by the Pakistan High Commission.
Talking to reporters at Attari, Bilal said he was "very happy" to return to his family in Pakistan.
"I am very happy today (to return home)," said an elated Bilal.
He also praised Indian authorities for treating him well and said he was indebted for that.
"I have a mother, brother and sister there (in Pakistan)," he replied to a question.
Asked whether he will come to India again if he gets a visa, he replied, "surely."
Earlier during the day, Hoshiarpur Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia said Bilal was released from a juvenile home at 7 am on Tuesday.
An order pertaining to his release from the Centre was received five to six days back, Kalia said. He had been kept in a juvenile home in Hoshiarpur after he was held by the BSF in February 2018.
Bilal had inadvertently entered Indian territory. He was held from Khemkaran village of Punjab's Tarn Taran district and was later booked under relevant sections of the Foreigners Act and the Passport Act.