Punjab Minister calls for release of Pak boy

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Chandigarh, Oct 30 (UNI) Youth Akali Dal (YAD), Patron, Bikram Singh Majithia today called for evolving 'soft and humane policy' to deal with juveniles crossing the Indo-Pakistan border, particularly those obsessed with 'Bollywood dreams'.

Referring to the case of 14-year old Nasir Sultan, a Pakistani boy who intruded into India with the sole purpose of meeting Bollywood actor Sharukh Khan a few months back, Mr Majithia said that it was common for juveniles to run away from their home to meet their dreams stars and governments of both countries should adopt a soft and humane policy in such cases.

Calling for early release for Nasir Sultan, Mr Majithia, who is also the state PR Minister said that both countries should take a principled stand to release all juveniles of other countries without any delay.

Welcoming the latest decision of Pakistan government to shift Sarabjit Singh from condemned cell to normal cell in Kot Lakhpat jail, Mr Majithia said that his early release would serve as a milestone in normalising Indo-Pak relations.

He said that people of Punjab would also remain indebted to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his initiative to get Sarbjit Singh released. He said that Mr Badal invited Mr Ansar Burney, a human right activist of Pakistan to visit Punjab and meet the family of Sarabjit Singh so as to know the ground reality.

Mr Burney was playing a key role in the release of Sarabjit Singh, he added.

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