India releases eight Pakistani boys

November 15, 2003

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LAHORE, Nov 14: The Indian Border Security Force on Friday handed over eight boys detained in India for the past two years for straying across the border to Pakistan Rangers at Wagha.

Aged between 11 and 16 years, the boys belonged to Hindu families living in different parts of Sindh, a border security official told reporters.

“The Hindustan Times had carried, some months ago, a photograph of children languishing in a New Delhi jail,” Mehboob Ahmad of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said.

He said the HRCP, through various sources, approached Indian authorities, pleading for their release on humanitarian grounds.

The HRCP official said these boys had been in Indian jails for the past two years, with most of them having completed their jail terms.