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Pakistan: 4 months after his death, Pak fisherman’s body finally reaches home by Shishir Arya September 17,2021   |  Source: The Times of India

Amir Hamza, a Pakistani fisherman arrested in Indian waters by coast guards around four years ago, was lodged in a prison at Bhuj in Gujarat. As his family hoped that one day he may return through one of the goodwill repatriations from both sides, Hamza died in jail in June. The death certificate issued by the Gujarat government mentions the date of registration of his death as September 9. But Hamza died on June 13, says the same certificate. The mortal remains were repatriated four months later on September 15. His body was taken to his home in Karachi, over 1,200km from Wagah border. TOI has access to the documents related to Hamza from both the sides. The death certificate issued by the Gujarat government’s health department mentions that Hamza died at Bhuj’s civil hospital on June 13. An emergency passport was issued in Hamza’s name by the Pakistani government to facilitate the crossover of his body from Wagah. The ministry of interior in Pakistan wrote to the prisons department in Lahore for handing over the body to the ambulance operator for taking it to Karachi. TOI contacted his daughter-in-law Raziya Jafar in Karachi as his son Jafar Alam was out. “We came to know about his death only a month ago.

Someone, perhaps from the government, came to our house

 

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