New Delhi- The Indian authorities stopped a couple from travelling back to Pakistan because of incomplete documents after the birth of their child in India, the Indian media reported today. The immigration officials ordered the couple to either leave their children in India or get the documents of the child completed.
According to Times of India report, Mai Fathima and 10-day-old son were held back at Munabao in Barmer district of Rajasthan by immigration officers as the child does not have a passport or visa.
Mai Fatima and her husband Mir Muhammad Mahar who are residents of Ghotki in Pakistan had come here two-and-a-half months back to meet Fatima's aging father. Fatima is the granddaughter of a close relative of Khan.
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 delivered a baby boy at a private hospital.
The local municipal council had issued a birth certificate in the name of Sohail Khan. When the couple along with the newborn left for Pakistan on Friday on the Thar Express they were stopped at Munabao.
The immigration officers instructing them to either go back to Pakistan leaving the child behind or that stay back and complete documentation of their baby.
Mahar rushed to the Pakistani high commission in New Delhi with Fatima's passport and a photograph of the newborn to get the required papers for the child to cross over to Pakistan. The mother and son till then will have to stay put in Jodhpur.
Municipal council sources confirmed the issuance of the birth certificate and corroborated the names and dates too. A doctor at the hospital said Fatima was in deep labour when she was brought and had almost delivered in the vehicle. Officials say that now the couple will have to get their visa extended for travelling to Delhi where they will have to call on the Pakistani high commissioner to issue necessary documents for the child to travel "home".