Pakistani rights activist in India to secure boy’s release

October 29th, 2008 - 10:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Shah Rukh KhanChandigarh, Oct 29 (IANS) Ansar Burney, a leading human rights activist from Pakistan who has come here to seek the release of a Pakistani boy, Wednesday said that India and Pakistan needed to evolve a mechanism to return those who inadvertently cross the international border on either side.Burney, who reached here Wednesday to build up pressure to seek the release of Pakistani boy Nasir Hussain, 15, said that he will take up the case with Indian authorities.

Hussain has been lodged in a juvenile home in Punjab’s border district of Faridkot after he was caught by border security officials. He entered India in September this year to realise his dream of meeting Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and also to participate in a TV reality singing contest.

Burney moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court here Monday through rights activist and lawyer Ranjan Lakhanpal, seeking the release of Hussain on humanitarian grounds.

The teenager hails from the North Western Frontier Province in Pakistan. He has been charged under the Passport Act here for entering India illegally. He has been in the Faridkot juvenile prison, 250 km from here, for nearly 45 days.

“I will take up the cases of seven other boys as well,” Burney said here.

Burney earlier this year successfully got Indian prisoner Kashmir Singh, who was sentenced to death in Pakistan on terror charges, repatriated to India after spending 35 years in Pakistani prisons.

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