First Sushma Swaraj and now the Border Security Force of India!
With the prevailing high tensions between India and Pakistan, the BSF handed over a 12-year-old boy, to the Pakistan rangers, who had accidentally crossed over to the Indian side in search of drinking water. Officials said the boy was identified as Mohammed Tanveer. The boy was apprehended by the Border Security Force on Sunday evening at the Dona Telu Mal border post in Punjab.

They stated that he ‘inadvertently’ crossed the International Border (IB) and came over to the Indian side in search of drinking water from a tube well because he was thirsty. The BSF officials said that Tanveer was taken care of overnight and was kept at their camp. Early in the morning on Monday, the BSF contacted their Pakistani counterparts so that he could be sent back to his village Dhari in the Kasur district of that country.

“Tanveer was handed over to the Rangers at about 11:00 a.m. on Monday as per the policy of handing back inadvertent crossers on humanitarian grounds,” they said. An Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chavan, is in Pakistan’s custody after he ‘inadvertently’ crossed over last week. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that a well-established mechanism through the DGMO has been activated to bring back Mr. Chavan.

Instances like these are so heartwarming that they spread hope that eventually everything will be calmed down. Hats off to our Jawans on this act!

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