Boy resorts to suicide attack after marriage denial
Gul has been living in a refugee camp in the Akora Khattak town of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for the last 30 years.
His son Muhammad Yasin, 17, dropped out of a camp school as a result of penury. He has been a fruit cart vendor for the last two years, said Gul, a resident of Deh Sabz district in Kabul.
"Yasin told his mother six months ago that he will carry out a suicide attack if his marriage was not arranged. Later, the demand was shared with me too but I declined for reasons of poverty," Gul added.
One day, the boy left his cart in the bazaar and disappeared. Few days later, the man came to Afghanistan in search of his son. He searched his child in Kabul and Maidan Wardak before returning to Pakistan, Gul said.
"Three months later, I came back to Afghanistan and asked police and Afghan National Army officials in different areas about my son, but in vain."
A month back Gul saw his son along with 20 other children on television, meeting President Karzai. The boys were arrested for attempting suicide attacks. But Karzai ordered their release on humanitarian grounds.
He thanked the president but said his son was yet to be freed, and that he had no information about his whereabouts. Gul urged the authorities to release Yasin and thereby alleviate his plight.
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