MEA Offers Visas to Parents of Pak Youth in Amritsar Jail
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on 6 December said India is ready to grant visas to the parents of a 12-year-old boy who is believed to be from Pakistan and has been languishing in an observation home in Faridkot in Punjab after being apprehended by the BSF in May.
In a series of tweets, she said that India was waiting for Pakistan to confirm the nationality of the boy.
"There is a juvenile around 12-years-old in Faridkot Observation Home. He was apprehended by BSF in May 2017. We are waiting for Pakistan to confirm his nationality as well," Swaraj said.
She further said, "My information is that Master Hammad Hassan went missing in 2013. The juvenile with us was apprehended in 2017."
The minister also said, "Mehr Tarar — I have got a detailed report. There are five Pakistani nationals who are unable to speak and hear. We have 3 of them in a transit camp in Amritsar. Pakistan has not confirmed their nationality."
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