Madrasa teacher freed from Pak jail reaches home

Freed after spending seven years in a Pakistani jail, Abdul Karim, the prisoner recently released said there were seven others Indian prisoners behind bars in the neighbouring country.

Howrah: Freed after spending seven
years in a Pakistani jail, Abdul Karim, the prisoner recently
released said there were seven others Indian prisoners behind
bars in the neighbouring country.

Karim, caught by Pakistani Rangers after he strayed into
no man`s land across the Punjab border in 2003, arrived here
today from Amritsar via bus.

"To my knowledge seven other prisoners are still in jail
there," the Madrasa teacher said.

Unwilling to speak about his days in the Pakistani prison
in Rawalpindi, the 27-year-old, who accidentally went across
the border to fetch a ball while he was playing soccer with
students, said indulged in gardening.

Karim, a resident of Betabi village in West Bengal`s
North Dinajpur district, was sentenced to imprisonment at the
Central jail in Rawalpindi.

He was discovered by the International Red Cross in
2007 and the Ministry of External Affairs took up his case
with the Pakistan authorities even as an NGO, Diganta Welfare
Society, moved the Centre.

Since then, it has been a long process between the two
countries, which culminated in Abdul`s release in May and him
finally walking free to India on August 29.

But, Karim`s father Mohammed Tazuddin died a disconsolate
man in May waiting for news of his son.

Roy said Karim is the first Indian to be released after
the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

"We were afraid of not getting him back with the collapse
of all communications, but luck finally smiled," the activist
said.

PTI

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