ISLAMABAD - The Afghan government on Monday handed over to Pakistan the son of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national currently under detention in the United States and facing trial, charged with attempt to kill the American soldiers in Afghanistan. Muhammad Ahmed, the 12-year-old son of Dr Aafia, was handed over to Pakistan's Embassy in Kabul by the Afghan Interior Ministry officials. "I can confirm that the boy is now in our custody and soon he would reach Islamabad from Kabul," said the Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Sadiq while talking to TheNation after the news, aired by different news channels, of Dr Aafia's son handover to Pakistan. Ahmed was flown to Islamabad in the evening and handed over to Pakistan's Interior Ministry officials by the Foreign Office authorities at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Airport. The Interior Ministry's officials shifted the boy in a helicopter to the Pakistani capital soon after he came out of the plane, thus disallowing the media persons waiting anxiously at the airport to interact with the ill-fated child. An official here said that the boy had been handed over to Fozia Siddiqui, the sister of Dr Aafia and he was now with his family. Fozia, the delighted aunt of Ahmed, told the media later that she thanked God that her nephew had rejoined the family. She added that she and the rest of family thanked the people of Pakistan for their prayers and support. She also thanked the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior for their efforts to recover her nephew. She said that the media played a heroic role in highlighting the plight of Dr Aafia and her children adding that she and her family was thankful to them. She said Ahmed was a grown-up child now but he was very disturbed and not in a position to talk to the media. She said that during the detention, several names were given to her nephew and he had even forgotten what his real name was. Dr Aafia had been missing since 2003 in Karachi along with her three children. The media reports in the wake of her disappearance suggested that she was taken into custody by the US intelligence agencies for alleged links with al-Qaeda and shifted to Bagram air base prison in Afghanistan. The Afghan officials, however, produced Dr Aafia and her son at a press conference in Ghazni province in July this year claiming that the mother and her child were arrested a few days ago after being seen lurking suspiciously near the local US Consulate. US officials later said that Dr Aafia Siddiqui got injured when she grabbed a rifle during an interrogation session and tried to shoot an FBI official. After that the Pakistani national was shifted to New York by the American authorities where she is currently detained and facing trial for attempted murder of US officials. According to another Pakistani official, the son of Dr Aafia was handed over to Afghan authorities by the Americans after her mother was moved to New York. The Afghan officials informed the Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on August 27 about Kabul's intention to hand over the boy to Islamabad after which the two states started working out modalities for the purpose, he added. "The two states took a couple of weeks to carry out the necessary arrangements and fulfill the related international norms and subsequently he has been handed over to Islamabad," he said.