SRINAGAR, Apr 7: A 13-year-old boy from Pakistan who inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Sadhpora area of Karnah in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district was today handed over to the Pakistani authorities via Teetwal crossing point.
The boy Mousam, son of Manzoor Ahmad a Pakistan national crossed Amar Singh Tekri (AST) Pak Post, Lubgiran on Monday and came to this side of LoC.
The officials said that the boy was kept by the Indian troops deployed along the Line of Control for the night with due care and Pakistani authorities were informed of the whereabouts of the child.
“Based on the interaction between the authorities of both sides on the Hotline, the Indian authorities repatriated the youth to the Pakistani authorities from Teetwal crossing point as a humanitarian gesture,” officials said.
They said that the youth was presented with clothes and sweets, on return.
“On the occasion of repatriation, the representatives of civil administration, Karnah were present. The exchange took place at 1150 a.m,” they added.
Such inadvertent crossings, the officials said, have taken place earlier also due to the proximity of villages along the Line of Control on either side. However, the Indian side has always been prompt in returning the individuals keeping the humanitarian issue in mind.
Interestingly, the officials said that the Teetwal crossing is visited by lots of people from either side and is emerging as a tourist site especially after the recently agreed ceasefire between India and Pakistan.