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On Wednesday, an 11-year-old boy from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) was handed over to the Pakistani authorities by the Indian army, 4 days after he inadvertently crossed into the Indian side in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

According to the ANI report, on June 24, Mohammad Abdullah was apprehended from Degwar area of Poonch district and was handed over to Jammu and Kashmir police on that very day. Next, Indian army carried out the necessary formalities for his return.

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Abdullah was released on humanitarian grounds, owing to his young age and to boost the confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan, said a defense spokesperson. “The Indian Army stands by its ethos of being a humane force and maintains sensitivity while dealing with innocent civilians,” he added, as mentioned in the report.

To boost confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan, the boy was sent to Pakistan with a set of new clothes and a box of sweets.

We salute Indian Army for their act of kindness to encourage peace and tolerance between two counties.