Srinagar: A four-year-old boy has been refusing to leave a police station in Ganderbal, where his father has been detained after his return on last Thursday from Pakistan administered Kashmir where he had gone for arms training in 1990.
In a picture posted by Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney on Twitter on Sunday, the boy, Iftikhar Ahmad clings to his father Gulzar Ahmad Tantray, 43, who hails from Saloora village of Ganderbal.
Burney had tweeted on Indian external affairs ministry’s twitter handle @MEAIndia, saying, “Ansar Burney Trust request 4 release of Pak boy Iftikhar Ahmad(4) in Ganderbal prison Srinagar India.”
Gulzar had presented himself before the police on Friday morning after spending a night at home.
However, Ganderbal Superintendent of Police Imtiyaz Ismail Parray told The Indian Express that while the “boy is free to go”, he does not want to leave his father.
Parray told the newspaper that Gulzar has been booked under Section 13 of the unlawful activities act and Section 2/3 of the ingress and internal movement control
Indian Express quoted the Station House Officer Asif Iqbal as saying, “How can we arrest a four-year-old boy? He is allowed to go anywhere. But he doesn’t want to leave.”
Gulzar’s brother told the newspaper that Iftikhar refused to go with them and doesn’t want to leave his father.
Zubair said Gulzar was in Class XI when he crossed over to Pakistan for arms training. But instead of returning to the Valley with a gun, he settled in Muzaffarabad and got married there, the Indian Express reported.
“He had two wives in Pakistan. The first one didn’t have a child, so he married again. He had a child from his second wife, but she later died,” he said.