Srinagar: The family of a Muzaffarabad teenager who had sneaked to this side of the Line of Control on Feb 5 this year, has written to the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking return of their son to his hometown across LoC.
On February 5, 2018, the teenager, Najam-us-Saqib was detained by police along Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector.
The police had said that Saqib, son of Azhar Joo was apprehended soon after he reached Keran after crossing the Line of Control via Kishan Ganga river dividing two parts of Kashmir.
The boy is serving detention under Public Safety Act in Kot Balwal Jail Jammu.
The family in the letter has said that Saqib “unintentionally” crossed the Line of Control. “After that, he was kept by Jammu and Kashmir Police and after we sometime(s) came to know that he is in Kot Balwal Jail Jammu,” the letter, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Reader, reads.
The family claims in the letter that the then SSP in a statement had said that he was unarmed and minor and crossed the LoC mistakenly.
Saqib, according to the family is a minor and a student pursuing Diploma of Associate Engineering at Neelum Institute of Technical, Professional and Educational Network Muzaffarabad.
“So keeping in view the human rights and convention on the rights of the child, ratified in 1989, (the oft-signed human rights legislation in the world) it is our hand folding request to your office to make your kind efforts for the pushback of our son through proper channel to Jammu and Kashmir Pakistan,” the letter further reads.