A 90-year-old resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) along with his wife and a grown up daughter landed into police custody on Monday after they used the Nepal route to illegally cross over to Jammu & Kashmir on this side of the Line of Control.
Identified as Mohammad Aziz, Rashida, 70 and daughter Hafiza, 27, they suddenly turned up at village Salwa on late Sunday evening taking his nephew Gul Mohammad and his family members by surprise, said police. Gul Mohammad’s sons informed the Mendhar police about their arrival on Monday morning.
Police said that he along with his family travelled by air from Pakistan to Nepal and stayed there for three days. Thereafter, they entered India and came to Delhi and then to Jammu by train. From Jammu, they travelled to Mendhar in Poonch.
Villagers said that Aziz had been living along with his parents and elder brother Shukar Din at village Salwa along the LoC in Mendhar before independence. However, he was lost during attack by Pakistan in 1947. He could not be traced despite all efforts by his parents and other villagers.
However, villagers came to know about him for the first time after the reopening of Poonch-Rawalakote and Uri-Muzaffrabad cross LoC roads for travel by people on both sides in mid-2000. Some people from the area on their return from PoK told Gul Mohammad that they met his uncle Aziz at Kotli.
As Gul Mohammad established contact with his uncle, the latter along with his daughter visited Salwa on valid permit through Poonch-Rawalakote road in 2013. He stayed with his nephew for nearly a month and returned.
In March this year, he again visited Salwa along with his wife and daughter on valid permit for 28 days. After the expiry of extended permit, Aziz along with his family returned to PoK.
However, in less than eight months thereafter, he illegally returned to Salwa along with his wife and daughter only to land in police custody. Police said that they have registered a case in the matter and are questioning the family.