Jul 042017

The Pakistan High Commission in India has reached out to the Indian authorities for the release of five Pakistani Hindu citizens after they were reportedly arrested by police in Rajasthan.

The Pakistani High Commission wrote a letter to the Indian foreign ministry seeking consular access to the trapped family. However, upon contact, a high-ranking official at the high commission noted that Indian foreign ministry has yet to respond to its letter.

The official also expressed hope that the family will be released and returned to Pakistan very soon.

"We're constantly trying, but the Indian government has so far refused to cooperate," said the official.

According to the Indian High Commission, the stranded family consists of three adults and two children, all of whom belong to Tharparkar, Sindh. The members include 75-year-old Chando Bhel, his wife 70-year-old Dhai Bai Bhel, 60-year-old Khojo Bhel, 10-year-old Nuresh Bhel and 12-year-old Dharmi Bai.

The Pakistani family was arrested in Barmer, Rajasthan ─ where they had gone to meet relatives ─ on June 5 by Indian police.

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