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India hand over two stranded Kashmiri boys to Pakistan

LAHORE: Two Kashmiri boys who were stranded to Indian occupied Kashmir were handed over by the Border Security Force (BSF) to Pakistan Rangers at Wagah border crossing in Lahore on Friday, ARY News reported.

Matric students from Muzaffarabad- Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed- were stranded to Indian held Kashmir.

The teenagers had crossed the Line of Control in Kashmir (LoC) by mistake and the Indian security personnel arrested them with claims that the boys from Azad Jammu and Kashmir were involved in the Sept 18, 2016 attack in Uri area of the occupied Kashmir, in which at least 19 Indian soldiers were killed.

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) later acknowledged that no substantive evidence could be found against the boys showing their involvement in the attack. Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed were released on Wednesday.

Indian Border Security Force handed over the two Pakistani boys to Rangers at Wagah border crossing today.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in a briefing on Thursday had said Pakistan’s mission in New Delhi had been in constant touch with Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) ever since arrest of the boys.

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