Master Ali Haider, a 14 year old boy from Mirpur District of Pakistan Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (POJK) had inadvertently crossed over to India in the Poonch District of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The boy seemed innocent and was immediately provided with clothing, food and shelter . On January 3, a request was quickly made to Pakistan Authorities to repatriate him on humanitarian grounds. Pakistan Authorities were also reminded of our earlier request to repatriate an Indian boy named Shabir who had inadvertently crossed over to Pakistan from the Poonch Sector on 24 December 2020” said an official army spokesperson.
Pak Authorities finally accepted the proposal on 6 January 21. With the support of J&K Police and Civil administration, Ali Haider was repatriated to Pakistan via Poonch Rawalakot Crossing Point. Pakistan Authorities also handed over Mohammed Bashir after 16 days of staying in Pakistan custody.