Amritsar: A 13-year-old boy, who an away from his home in Pakistan and took the Samjhauta Express to escape punishment from his father, is now caught in a diplomatic battle.
Thirteen-year-old Mohammad Ateeq has been detained by the police in India for violation of the Passport and Foreigners Act and faces upto five years in a juvenile home.
He ran away from his home in Lahore and boarded the Samjhauta Express. He was picked up on the Indian side by the Railway Police at Attari.
"I had gone for a film late in the night. I felt someone was following me. I ran and reached the station and boarded the train. The police then caught me here," claims Ateeq.
Even the railway police admit that Ateeq strayed into India by mistake.
It has been over a month since Ateeq saw his family. The class VII student in a government school in Lahore misses his friends. But it may take a while to see them.
He has entered India illegally and could face incarceration in a juvenile home for upto five years. He has pinned his hoped on lawyer DP Sharma to get him repatriated.
Ateeq is hoping that the wheels of Indian justice will send back to his family.
But with India-Pakistan relations blowing hot and cold, his return could still be delayed.