2 teenage sisters repatriated by Indian authorities after straying into occupied Kashmir

Two minor girls, who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC), were repatriated to Pakistan on Monday through the crossing point in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

Defence sources said the two minor girls, Laiba Zabair, 17 and Sana Zabair, 13, were handed over to the authorities from Pakistan at the Chakan Da Bagh crossing point in Poonch district. Residents of Abbasspur in Kahuta Tehsil of PaK, the sisters were apprehended by the Indian army after noticing them moving in Sarla sector along the LoC in Poonch on Sunday (December 6), a defence spokesperson had said. Belonging to Abasspur in Kahuta tehsil of PoK, the two girls were apprehended on the Indian side of the LoC in Poonch district on December 6 when they inadvertently crossed the LoC. After a meeting between the Indian and the Pakistan officials at the Chakan Da Bagh crossing point, the two girls were sent back.

The handover of the sisters took place at the Chakan Da Bagh point in the presence of civilian and military officials of Pakistan. They were given gifts and sweets by the Indian Army as a goodwill gesture, the spokesperson added. Army said extreme restraint was exercised by the deployed troops on December 6 to apprehend the two girls without causing any harm to them.