Nepalese citizen released after three years

KARACHI: Nepalese citizen Meen Bahadur Sartanj Magor alias Pampha, who was arrested along with Indian fishermen violating the maritime boundaries three years ago, was released with the efforts of Saiban International.

According to a statement on Thursday, the secretary general of the organization, Haider Ali Haider had been approached by the Nepalese citizen just by chance during his visit to District Jail Malir Karachi on a humanitarian mission a few weeks ago.

He told Haider that he had gone to India in search of job where he joined some fisherman who went to the sea for a catch but were arrested by Pakistani Authorities on the violation of maritime boundaries. He told that the Indian fishermen had been released long time ago but he was languishing in jail as there was no one to take up his case to the higher authorities neither in his government nor in Pakistan.

Pamha told that apart from his parents, he had his family in Nepal consisting of a wife namely Vishnu, and two sons namely Subhash, aged six years, and Vishnu, aged four years, who were extremely upset. Haider reported the matter to Haq Nawaz Akhtar Chairman Saiban International, who wrote a letter to the Naplese Embassy in Islamabad upon which Counsel Tirtha Raj Aryal visited Pampha in District Jail Malir, verified his credentials as a Napalese citizen and dispatched necessary traveling documents to the office of Saiban.

These documents along with the air ticket for Nepal were submitted to the Home Department immediately upon which diligent section officer Naseem Siddiqi issued release orders of Pampha to the jail authorities after getting approval from higher authorities. Pampha left for Khatmandu on the night of the 25th of February by Thai Airway.

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