Two Pak national arrested for illegally crossing border

Two Pakistan nationals were arrested today for illegally crossing over to Indian territory near the Attari border, just few yards away from the visitor gallery where the daily Retreat Ceremony is performed by BSF.

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2010, 21:25 PM IST

Attari: Two Pakistan nationals
were arrested today for illegally crossing over to Indian
territory near the Attari border, just few yards away from the
visitor gallery where the daily Retreat Ceremony is performed
by BSF during sunset.

Imtiaz Ali (20) and Abid Ali (24) who had crossed over to
India through the barbed fencing were found without any
passport and visa.

According to an official at Attari, both the Pakistani
nationals were arrested with one Pakistani mobile phone, a sim
card and nearly Rs 250 Pak currency.

During the questioning, they told BSF that they were from a
poor family from Faislabad in Pakistan and had come to Wagah
border on Pakistan side to enjoy evening parade jointly
performed by the two international border forces.

They claimed that as they had come in the noon, much
before the timing of Retreat Ceremony; hence they were advised
by the Pakistani Rangers to take stroll around the
international border to pass time.

During strolling, they inadvertently arrived on Indian
territory just backside of the Indian viewers gallery at
Attari border where they were caught when sitting alongside of
water tube well, said the official.

He said that during interrogation it was established that
both the Pak national were innocent and special flag meeting
with Pakistan Rangers would be arranged to facilitate their
repatriation.

There was very less chances for the registration of illegal
border crossing case against them since they were innocent,
the official said.

PTI