India repatriates 14 Pakistani nationals including two women and a child

November 02, 2017 11:57 PM

ATTARI : in a goodwill gesture today Indian Government repatriated fourteen Pakistani nationals including two women and a eleven year old child.They were handed over to Pakistani Rangers at the Attari/Wagah international border.

Earlier few days back on Oct 30, In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan had repatriated nearly 68 fishermen.

Among fourteen prisoners who were released today there were eleven Pakistani fishermen.

All the released prisoners crossed over to Pakistan through the land transit route of Attari/Wagah border on the basis of ‘Emergency Travel Certificate’ issued by the Delhi based Pakistan High Commission to facilitate their travel to Pakistan.

Two women and a child who were released today are Mumtaz ( 29) D/o Muhammad Siddique, Fatima Bibi (42) W/o Saii Ur Rehman, and her daughter Hina (11).
Pakistani nationals Fatima Bibi, her daughter Heena (11) and sister Mumtaz were lodged in Central Jail of Amritsar as they were languishing here for the last almost one decade. Now they would be able to reunite with their family in Pakistan.

The most astonishing part of Hina’s life that she would see her native place first time as she was born and brought up in the jail.

Hina’s mother Fatima was pregnant when she along with Mumtaz was arrested in a drug case.

Ten years imprisonment was slapped to Fatima and Mumtaj which was completed in November 2015, and the fine of Rs 2 lakh each was also furnished.

The ticklish issue involving Heena’s nationality was resolved lately as a reason their repatriation was put on hold for the want of NoC from the Union Home Ministry.

A city based lady lawyer Navjot Kaur Chabba alongwith here husband Tejwant Singh Chabba came forward to help them, arranged the penalty amount of Rs 4 lakh. 

Chabba couple had approached Prime Minister office and the offices of Union Ministry of External Affairs and Home to make possible their repatriation.

Fatima belonged to Gujranwala, her sister Mumtaj, who was unmarried, was a resident of Sikandrabad. On May 8, 2006, they boarded the Samjhauta Express for Muzaffarnagar (UP) to visit their maternal uncles, but were arrested at the Attari Railway Station for possessing 400 gram smack.

Among fourteen prisoners, there were eleven Pakistani fishermen who were arrested a year ago. They were brought here at Attari border, after being released them from the Gujarat jail of India.

Released fishermen were slipped to India through Arabian Sea during fishing where they were held by the Indian coast guards for illegal fishing.

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