Girl from Uri repatriated

Greater Kashmir

Muzaffarabad, Dec 29: Pakistani authorities on Monday repatriated a young girl to Jammu and Kashmir, three days after she had strayed into the territory of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) from across the Line of Control (LoC).
Nasreen Bibi, 12, a resident of Shoran village of Uri, had made the inadvertent crossing in Darra Haji Pir sector, falling in Haveli district, on December 26.
She was handed over to Indian authorities at the Chakothi-Uri crossing point, some 60 kilometres from here, after officials from both sides held a flag meeting at the Kaman Bridge. She was all praise for the cordiality of the people and officials in PaK. “Everyone was so kind… They took care of me like their own daughters over the past three days. They gave me new clothes as well,” she said. Prior to biding her goodbye, Pakistani officials also presented her two attractive gift boxes and a fancy multicoloured bag.
A physician examined Nasreen before she was allowed to leave with her mother, Saeeda Bibi, who was impatiently waiting for her at the dividing line.
Earlier on November 19, Pakistani officials had repatriated a teenaged Kashmiri boy in a similar meeting at the Chakothi-Uri crossing point. Manzar Hussain, 13, an eighth-grade student from Jhanagar village in Jammu and Kashmir, had mistakenly crossed the LoC from Khuiratta sector in the southern Kotli district, on November 14.