Explanation sought over Pakistani teens in Indian custody

Islamabad, Jan 25 (IANS) The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has sought an explanation from the countrys government over the lethargic attitude of authorities in bringing back two teenagers who were arrested in India after the Uri attack.

The party on Tuesday submitted a call attention notice in the National Assembly Secretariat over Faisal Awan and his friend Ahsan Khursheed, both residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, who were arrested on September 21 in relation with the attack on the Indian Army base in Uri town of Jammu and Kashmir.

At least 19 soldiers were killed in the attack blamed on Pakistan.

“The concerned ministry officials should share the reasons behind the lethargic attitude of Pakistani authorities in recovering the two,” the News Nation cited the notice as saying.

Both have reportedly been declared innocent by Indian authorities, yet no serious efforts have been extended by Pakistani authorities to ensure their release and safe return to the country.

“This is a serious matter and needs to be discussed immediately on the floor of the house,” it said.