Deaf and mute Pakistani boy set free from Indian jail

A Pakistani child with hearing and speech disabilities who had been behind bars in India was finally set free on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Pakistani High Commission, New Delhi said that Hasnain, 15-year-old, who couldn’t hear or talk, was handed over to officials at Wagah border, Express News reported.

He was arrested by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on May 17, 2017 after he couldn’t tell them details of his whereabouts.

Hasnain had been kept at a juvenile medical care unit in Fareed Kot, and was given consular access on November 21 this year.

Hasnain conveyed to officials during the consular access that he is Pakistani, and was able to identify Pakistani currency, flag and the picture of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Pakistan, India exchange lists of nuclear installations, prisoners

During this entire process, the Pakistani High Commission remained in contact with Indian officials.

Earlier today, Pakistan and India exchanged lists of nuclear installations and prisoners through diplomatic channels between the two countries.

Pakistan conveyed details of 457 Indian prisoners in its jails. Of these, 399 are fishermen who had crossed into Pakistani waters, while 58 are civilians. Pakistan will release 146 fishermen on January 8.

Were released as a goodwill gesture by Pakistani authorities

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