SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri woman who was stranded in Pakistan-administered Kashmir returned home on Thursday after two years.
Shakeela Bano, resident of Achlanga area of north Kashmir’s Uri tehsil, was sent back through Chakothi-Uri crossing point at the Line of Control (LoC), in Hattian Bala district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Bano had entered the PaK territory from Bhedi in district Haveli, and lived in the neighbouring district Bagh with her uncle, who is a refugee from across the LoC,” an ISPR official was quoted as saying by a Pakistan daily.
As the girl crossed Kaman Bridge, connecting Chakothi with Uri, her relatives were seen rushing forward to welcome her. However, media people were not allowed to go beyond a certain point to shoot the reunion.
While expressing her feeling, Bano said, “I had an acrimonious exchange with my brother and in a fit of rage I left home and crossed the dividing line.”
“I had spent the next two years with my uncle in Bagh,” she said.
Residents along the unmarked dividing line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir often land themselves in trouble after inadvertently straying into the opposite side.
In July last year, Pakistan had repatriated two teenaged Kashmiri boys through Chilyana-Titwal crossing point in Neelum valley, a week after they had inadvertently strayed into the PaK territory.
Prior to that, in November-December 2014, two young girls were separately repatriated by Pakistan while a young boy was returned by the India.