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India to hand over Pakistani schoolboys held over Uri attack on Friday

ISLAMABAD: India will hand over Two Pakistani schoolboys, who were arrested last year for their alleged involvement in Uri attack, to Pakistan on Friday, according to sources.

On September 18, 2016, unknown militants waged an attack on Indian army's brigade headquarters in Uri, Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), and left 19 Indian soldiers dead.

India, maintaining its traditions, had once again put the blame on Pakistan without even preliminary investigations held.

The two boys, Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed, who lived in a village in Azad Kashmir located at an hour’s walk away from the Line of Control, were picked by the Indian army after they had strayed across the border on September 21, last year.

The decision to hand over the two teenagers comes a day after the Indian National Investigation Agency absolved the two teenagers of charges of involvement in the attack, after six months of investigations.

Sources told Geo News that the two boys will be handed over to Pakistani officials at Wagah border crossing on Friday morning, whereas Indian authorities have also handed over their travel documents to Pakistan High Commission in Delhi.

Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit also had a meeting with Indian foreign secretary to discuss handover of Faisal Hussain Awam and Ahsan Khursheed.

The arrangements for the return of both teenagers have been finalised, the sources added. Officials of the Pakistan High Commission at Wagah border crossing while handing over of the two teenagers.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office also confirmed that Pakistani officials were in touch with Indian authorities with regard to the two boys.

On Wednesday, the NIA cleared both Pakistani teens of all charges and handed them over to the Indian army's 16 Corps to send them back to Pakistan. The agency said it found no linkages between the two Pakistani teens and the militants killed in Uri attack.

The two teenagers had mistakenly crossed the border after an altercation with their parents on the issue of their studies, the NIA investigation revealed.

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