India: Pakistani couple in trouble with newborn baby

NEW DELHI: The newborn baby has become an offense for Pakistani couple in India as the Indian authorities stopped them at Munabao railway station over document row.

Mai Fatima and her husband Mir Muhammad — residents of Ghotki in Pakistan — had gone India two-and-a-half months back to meet Fatima’s aging father.

Their visa was originally for one-and-a-half months but was later extended by another month when Fatima’s father suddenly passed away. Fatima had come to India she was seven months pregnant and on April 14 she gave birth to a baby boy at a private hospital.

Indian local municipal council had issued a birth certificate in the name of Sohail Khan. When the couple along with the newborn left for Pakistan via the Thar Express they were stopped at Munabao railway station.

The Indian authorities stopped the couple and asked them to get the relevant documents (passport or visa) from Pakistani High Commission in India.

The immigration officers asked them to either go back to Pakistan leaving the child behind or complete the documentation of their baby.