Disabled Pakistani child who accidentally crossed into India found not guilty

2017 ends on a feel good note for India-Pakistan relations.

A 12-year-old disabled boy from Pakistan crossed over into India without any travel documents in May this year, and was detained by Indian authorities. Hasnain, who is from Lahore, has finally been released after he was found not guilty by the Juvenile Justice Board at Ferozepur in Punjab.

He will soon be sent home. Currently, the child is staying at the Faridkot children home.

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had written to the Ministry of External Affairs, MEA, to ensure he was released early and sent home.

Hasnain became a subject of focus after a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar tweeted to External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj asking her to step in and help the child.

The Border Security Force had detained Hasnain when he crossed over to India on 1 May. He could not speak or hear, and it was from a currency note in his pocket that they found out he was from Pakistan. He was sent to a children’s observation home.

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