A five-year-old Pakistani boy, Iftikhar Ahmed, who was taken to India slyly by his father a year ago, was on Saturday reunited with his mother in Pakistan at the Wagah border after the Indian authorities handed him over. The boy’s mother, Rohina Kiyani, had with the help of the Pakistani High Commission filed a case in an Indian court which ruled in her favour. Due to border tensions it took 8 months for the boy to see his mother again.
The boy, was handed over to Pakistan Rangers at Wagah where his mother was waiting for several hours.
“I am extremely happy to have my son back. I am thankful to the Pakistani government for its help for return of my child,” Rohina told reporters at Wagah. She admits to have lost all hope of getting her child back and calls this “not less than a miracle” for her.
In March 2016, Iftikhar was taken to India by his father, who is from Jammu. The boy’s mother alleged that her former husband had lied to her that he was taking the child to a wedding along with him as he took him to Dubai and from there to Kashmir.
After the case was taken up by the Pakistani high commission and proven that Iftikhar was a Pakistani by nationality, the verdict ruled that he be returned to his mother in Pakistan.