Mute boy returns home years after straying into India

A hearing-impaired and unable-to-speak Pakistani who had strayed into Indian territory in 2013 met his heirs on Wednesday. According to reports, Wasim Tanveer is a resident of Bhimber, Azad Kashmir. His family kept searching for him but could not find him. Under the auspices of Indian Punjab, NGO OICPS contacted Edhi Foundation Chairman Faisal Edhi, requesting him to find the family of Wasim who recognized Pakistani currency and Pakistani politicians and identified mountainous areas.

Edhi Foundation searched for his heirs in different parts of Kashmir through advertisements and media. His heirs were found within a month. Wasim was handed over to Pakistani authorities on Thursday and his family was brought to Lahore from Bhimber by Edhi Foundation’s special vehicle.

After completing the necessary legal proceedings, he was handed over to his family. While talking to Minute Mirror Exclusively, the boy’s father, Tanveer, said that his family had lost hope of finding him. “We lodged an FIR and searched for him in all nearby locations but unfortunately we couldn’t find him, but today I am super excited to see my son in front of my eyes,” Tanveer said. He further said that he could not recognize his son at once because it has been so long since he last saw him.

Duaa Mirza is a correspondent covering crime, social issues and law enforcement. She is the youngest crime reporter and the only woman who visits crime scenes on her motorbike. She tweets @DuaaMirza12.