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India ready to grant visa to parents of Pak boy detained by

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said is ready to grant visa to the parents of a 12-year-old boy who is believed to be from and has been languishing in an observation home in Faridkot in after being apprehended by the BSF in May. In a series of tweets, she said that was waiting for to confirm the nationality of the boy. Her response came after Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist, brought Swaraj's attention to the boy, Hammad Hassan, going missing from Pasur area in Pakistan's Sialkot a few month ago. "There is a juvenile around 12 years old in Faridkot Observation Home. He was apprehended by BSF in May 2017. We are waiting for to confirm his nationality as well," Swaraj said. She further said, "My information is that Master Hammad Hassan went missing in 2013.

The juvenile with us was apprehended in 2017." The External Affairs Minister also said that if the boy's parents believe that he is their son, is ready to give them visa, adding they may visit and meet him. The minister also said, "Mehr Tarar-I have got a detailed report. There are five nationals who are unable to speak and hear. We have 3 of them in a transit camp in Amritsar. has not confirmed their nationality.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 00:40 IST