Srinagar: Pakistan on Sunday sent a message of thanks to India after a five-year-old boy who was allegedly trafficked and kidnapped to India by his father nearly a year ago was reunited with his mother, media reports said.
Ifthikar Ahmed was handed over to Rohina Kiani by border officials in the town of Wagah in Punjab on Saturday evening following a long legal battle seeking his return from his father, Gulzar Ahmad Tantray.
Tantray was among thousands who crossed the de facto border into Kashmir while an insurgency was at its peak in Kashmir.
He later married Kiani, but wanted the family to return to his home village following the birth of their son.
When Kiani refused, Tantray absconded with the child in March 2016.
Kiani pursued a custody case in an Indian court through the Pakistani embassy in New Delhi, and the court ruled in her favour.
“We are thankful to Indian authorities for their cooperation in this humanitarian matter,” Pakistan’s High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit tweeted.