Pakistan returns 16-year-old Kashmiri girl who strayed across LoC

Bano, who stayed on the Pakistan side for three days, was all praise for Pakistani army.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Updated: December 31, 2014 3:34:17 pm

A 16-year-old Kashmiri girl, who had mistakenly crossed the Line of Control (LoC) after being scolded by her mother Friday, was on Monday handed over to her family in North Kashmir’s Uri. Indian and Pakistani Army officials held a special flag meeting for her return.

Nasreena Bano, a resident of Soura village in Uri town near the LoC, was received by her family members, who waited at the Kaman post to take their daughter home.

“Due to the recent floods, the fencing of the border has got damaged and she crossed over to the other side mistakenly,” said Nasreena’s Uncle Mohammed Usman. “We initially informed Army officials in our village and they in turn contacted higher authorities who arranged for her return,” he said. “Nasreena was missing her family. Before crossing the LoC, she was scolded by her mother and she was angry.”

Bano, who stayed on the Pakistan side for three days, was all praise for Pakistani army.

“I am so happy to be back with my family,” Bano told The Indian Express, adding that Pakistani soldiers gave her clothes and a school bag.

Police officials said the girl was handed over to her parents after the flag meeting. “She was handed over after legal formalities were completed,” a senior police officer said.

He said a medical examination was also performed, “We had not registered any case, because we have seen several cases in the past where villagers close to the border cross over by mistake and later return through a legal process.”

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