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MINGORA: Family of a 21-year-old man, who crossed the Wagah border and was arrested by the Indian army, has appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Ch Nisar to help secure his release.

Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, they said Abdullah, a resident of Shahdara Watkey area of Mingora, left his house on May 24 and reached Wagah border the next day, where he crossed over to the other side.

“From his childhood, Abdullah was impressed by Indian movies and was staunch fan of Indian actors Shah Rukh Khan, Amir Khan and Kajol and always wanted to meet them. We did not take it seriously as we never thought he would take such a step of crossing the border for his dreams,” said Sardar Ali, the elder brother, and Zarawar Khan, father of Abdullah.

They said on May 24, he went to the passport office in Kanju to collect his travel document, but when he got late they called him on phone, but he told them he was in Islamabad that he would return on May 25.

“But, later we learnt from media that he was arrested by Indian army after he crossed Wagah border,” they said and added if they knew about his intentions they would never have allowed him to do so.

They requested the Indian authorities to release him as his parents and relatives were in desperate situation.

“We appeal to Indian authorities to release him as a goodwill gesture,” Yaqoob Khan, a relative of Abdullah, said.

KILLED: A man killed his married sister and injured two younger brothers in Kanju on Saturday.

According to police, the accused was upset over domestic problems and started firing in the air, and later directed his gun at his sister and two younger brothers.

The woman died instantly, while the two boys were shifted to hospital.

A police official said the accused was trying to escape after the incident, but he was captured by the police and was shifted to Kanju police station.

The police registered a case against him and began further investigation.

Published in Dawn, June 11th, 2017