October 2006 News

3 more PoK citizens refuse to return

9 October 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar: Three more citizens of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) today failed to turn up at Chakkan Da Bagh to cross over to PoK in Poonch- Rawalakot bus when the point was opened for fortnightly movement of civilians from two parts of the State in this district. A total of 93 civilians from two parts of the State exchanged sides in fortnightly bus service, official sources said. Three citizens of PoK, who were scheduled to return to PoK today after their fortnightly stay in this part of the State as their permit hadn't been extended, didn't turn up when Chakkan Da Bagh point was closed at 5 pm today. Sources identified them as Tauseef Ahmed son of Ghulam Ahmed, a resident of Kotli, PoK, his daughter Nandia and Arshed Niwad son of Lal Din R-o Hajeera, PoK. All three had come to this side in Rawalakot-Poonch bus service last fortnight and gone to meet their divided family members and relatives in border district of Rajouri. As reported, an aged and ailing PoK citizen Nawab Din, who had come to meet his divided family in Budhal, Rajouri, had also refused to return home. As authorities were preparing to forcibly push him back, the State High Court came to his rescue and stayed his deportation. Nawab Din was not living with his divided family after remaining admitted for few days in District Hospital, Rajouri. Meanwhile, 51 civilians today crossed the Line of Control (LoC) from Poonch to PoK in Poonch-Rawalakot bus service. They include 20 fresh faces, who travelled to PoK for the first time in the bus service to meet their divided family members and relatives. Thirty one other travellers in the bus were PoK citizens who returned home after spending a fortnight or a month in this part of the State. From PoK to Poonch, 42 passengers travelled in the bus. They include six fresh faced and 36 from this part of the State, who returned after spending 15 to 30 days with divided family members in PoK, the sources said. One of the civilian of Rajouri, who returned from PoK, was seriously ill. Identified as Mohd Sadiq son of Lal Din, a resident of Rajouri district, he was taken in an ambulance from Chakkan Da Bagh to District Hospital in Poonch. Mohd Saleem, District Panchayat Officer (DPO) represented the Indian side at the crossing point while Naheem Jafri represented PoK, the sources added.


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