Freed by Indian govt, eleven Pakistani children reach Karachi


Eleven Pakistani children released by the Indian government were received by their relatives when they reached Karachi on Thursday. When the freed children arrived at the Cantt Station, activists of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) distributed gifts among them. PFF activists brought Abdul Aziz, son of Hussain Katiar, and Narain Kolhi, son of Pono Kolhi, to their secretariat in Ibrahim Hyderi and informed their relatives of their arrival since no one had arrived at the station to receive these two children. Aziz belongs to Atharki, Kharo Chhan, Thatta; whereas Kolhi belongs to the Adigam village near Nagarparkar in Tharparkar.
Other children who arrived on Thursday include Muhammad Sajan alias Shahjahan, son of Muhammad Nasir, Muhammad Hussain, son of Kamal Hussain, Jamal Hussain, son of Kabir Ahmed, Noorul Haq, son of Fazal Haq, Muhammad Noor, son of Dil Muhammad, Muhammad Noor, son of Zaheer Alam, Noor Muhammad, son of Muhammad Qasim, Muhammad Irfan Munna, son of Habibur Rehman, and Muhammad Ishaq, son of Maqbool Ahmed. All these children belong to different areas of Karachi and work on fishing boats. Aziz said that there were 14 people in all on the boat when they were arrested by the Indian authorities early one morning four months ago. He said that they were interrogated and then shifted to the Jam Nagar jail. His father and other relatives are still languishing in the jail, he added. Kolhi said that he is a farmer, and that he was on his way to his field one day two years ago when he lost his way in the Thar Desert.
He said that he was caught by the Indian authorities and sent to the Bhuj jail, and that he was uncertain if he would ever be released. Three days ago, he was released with some other boys; and while crossing the border, each of them was handed a train ticket with Rs 200 so they could travel to Karachi, he added.