These three too on an adventurous mission tread across the LOC and walked into India! Tiny legs need no visas and hence they were in the company of Indian soldiers!
-‘Krishnaghati Brigade is doing a superb job operationally but they have yet another task at hand to tackle kids. Here or there it is not bothersome because Kids can do anything even if watched, that is what humanity says! Soldier’s too were kids once either on this side or the other side of LOC’
-‘We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men but our hearts are full of joy, mirth and love since we love children, ours or theirs, they are the same little blooming flowers’ (From an Indian Army soldier on LOC)
-‘Soldiers and children do as they’re told. Children move carelessly since there are no borders for them, the spirit is filled with innocence but they grow out of it, maybe to become the soldiers of tomorrow but the men in uniform have to stand upright on duty but the childlike exuberance does surface out time and again. That is the reason as to why the children on the LOC love the Indian soldiers. Trust me the same feeling was carried back when the three Pakistani kids went back home’!’
-‘But while leaving they definitely found the entire meaning of the word called love. Children understand it better and these three kids from Pakistan found that in abundance, I mean love!’
-‘Every play field is just too small for the extravagant giant leaps in childhood and we have all done that, slammed the windowpanes of the neighborhood, trespassed into the garden next door to steal fruits and then in hiding eat the same as if we have achieved something big. Pranks such as this are pardonable during childhood but cannot do that as grownups. The three children from POK hopped on to this side of the LOC and were caught on the wrong side of the line. They did not know what they had done but since they were small this prank was pardonable as they saw themselves in the company of men in olive greens. Obviously they were scared to bits but what was in store for them they had never ever imagined.’ They could not have!
-‘ It was not the first time when such an incident was happening because the children have that uncanny habit of getting into territories which look to them very familiar as their own. On LOC the terrain even to the elders looks very familiar be it on this side or the other side of the line that matters. Last year on December 6, two cute little girls, Sana and Laiba perhaps wandering about like Wprdworth’s Lucy Gray crossed over but were given the due love which the children deserve and were handed over to their parents. Similarly on 31 December 2020, Hyder Ali, a mentally challenged person was also taken care of and subsequently sent back to his own country’!
-‘Over the years I have seen that whenever an Indian soldier picks up a small child in his arms and fondles with his nose or rolls his fingers through his hair, he will invariably say, be humble about your accomplishments, work harder, than the man next to you, it is all right for boys to cry. Sometimes crying can release a lot of pain and stress. Never be ashamed to cry. It has nothing to do with your manhood as you grow’!
-‘Probably the same things were told to the three Pakistani kids who ventured into the territory. Kids can sometimes make decisions that are smarter because they go by instinct. They came here as lost adventurers but they are definitely not going to forget this adventure throughout their lives!’
Many soldiers after retirement do tell their grandsons, enlisting in the Indian army was one of the best decisions I had ever made in my life. God blessed me above all I could imagine. Like anything, you have some challenging days, but when I look back I have no regrets. The army even recognized my artistic abilities. I also met a lot of great people. It’s been an awesome experience. Thanks, God. Yes, it’s an experience of a lifetime. Anecdotes such as this remain etched in minds till the soldier lives and then fades away. What happened was something like this:
Three boys from Pakistan administered Kashmir, who were apprehended along Line of Control in Poonch two days ago, were repatriated.
Commander 10 Infantry KG Brigade said that at around 3:45 p.m. on 18 August 2021, Indian army personnel deployed along the LoC observed some suspicious movement. Immediately a cordon was established and three individuals were apprehended.
These individuals turned out to be young children of age between 9 and 17 years. He said these three children had inadvertently crossed the LoC while carrying angling activity in the nearby rivulet.
There was a fourth individual who returned back and the army did not open fire because he too was a child.
They claimed that they were from Troti, Darmshall and Chattra which are villages across the LoC.
These children were taken care of compassionately by the Indian Army and provided requisite provisions for comfortable stay till the time they were here.
The trio had been identified as Danyal Malik (17) son of Mohammad Niyaz Ali of Lassi Mang Chattra, Arbaz Rahim (13) son of Abdul Rahim of Troti Chattra and Umair Rahim (9) son of Abdul Rahim of Troti Chattra.
One of the Pakistani boys praised the Indian Army’s behavior, saying that they were really courteous to us and took us to the town where we played cricket with the local kids.
We were also provided wonderful delicious meals.
While leaving they were given gift packets and finally handed over to the parents who were accompanying the Pakistani troops.
Other than this in the itinerary of the Pakistani kids who lost their while fishing on the tricky brook that meanders here and sometimes there, nonstop from up the hills to the plains were included a visit to the mosque along with our own kids. Emotional scene it was as the two different sets of moppets met each other gingerly shook their hands and soon were at each other’s shoulders with arms leaning on them as if in a lost and found sort of a scenario usually seen on silver screens (it was a long time I saw one because of the virus, the last I saw was Sarbjit a biographical drama film. The title role Sarabjit Singh, an Indian man who was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1991 and who consequently spent 22 years in prison for alleged terrorism and spying. Despite being innocent, he spent 22 years in prison in Pakistan and died badly)! Anyway, history let these three who came and fell in love with the Indian army and left smilingly rewrite some great things about emotional bonds. They spent their time moving about and did some shopping also because the eldest seventeen years left with black colored eye glasses and a smile broader than the yawn of a hippopotamus. That clearly indicated several things: they found something new and different here, the music of love which this region was famous for before the tribals on horses came sniffing here as monsters of a different world! Things have changed and definitely Danyal, Arbaz and Umair would have many stories to tell about the brotherhood of humans in POK. This was not enough. They read the big holy book Quran with our kids, played with them, went shopping and finally parted. They came as strangers and parted as friends but to meet again as grown up friends! ‘We love the Indian Army’ were the five words on their mouth pieces as they loved’! No two ways about it these guys are to be loved always and every time! Why not a quarterly cricket match at Chakan Da Bagh between kids with parents loving it and soldiers for a change finding their childhood days (A thought suddenly passed my mind)!
Such incidents do send a message since the children keep talking about the experiences. But as I earlier mentioned, this stay here, they are not going to forget where they were the guests who had lost their way and finally reached back home as if they were the most important props at Chakan Da Bagh where they left in lovely smart attire and head gear waving at the Indian soldiers who saw them off. This is not just another story but a memorable one if Pak Generals understand the emotional matrix of things! Let these children give them a lesson or two on love and sentiments!