A 22-year-old Pakistani national Abdullah, who crossed the border to meet Bollywood celebrities Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol has finally returned to his country after spending 22 months in Indian Jail.
Abdullah, who lives in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was arrested by the Indian authorities on May 25 last year, when he had come to witness the Beating Retreat Ceremony, which is held every evening at the Wagah border gates.
He reportedly crossed the Zero Line after the ceremony and told the Border Security Force officials that he wanted to meet Shah Rukh and Kajol.
According to reports, Abdullah was repatriated on this Wednesday through the Attari-Wagah border on the basis of an emergency travel certificate issued by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
Officials said that upon arrival at his native home he was garlanded by his relatives, neighbours, friends and well-wishers.
Speaking to local media in Swat, Abdullah said that he crossed the border in a bid to meet Shah Rukh and Kajol of whom he is a great fan.
“I was arrested by India’s Border Security Force and shifted to a police station before being sent to Central Jail Amritsar,” he said.
“I wrote a letter to Indian Government through jail authorities for arranging a meeting with Shah Rukh and Kajol but no reply was made to his request,” he added.
Stating that he had a desire of meeting the duo Bollywood stars could not be fulfilled, Abdullah said that earlier he had applied for Indian visa to meet the two Bollywood stars, but the application was turned down.
Abdullah appealed to the Pakistani citizens not to enter India through illegal ways. “I will not try again to enter India through illegal way,” he said.