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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 June 2006, 22:38 GMT 23:38 UK
Passport wrangle boy arrives home
Osama Sattar and his mother Rubina and father Abdul
Osama had not seen his parents since 22 March
A nine-year-old boy has been reunited with his parents after being stranded in Pakistan for more than two months because of a passport problem.

Osama Sattar, from Dundee, flew into Glasgow Airport after an emergency passport was issued by the Home Office following a campaign to repatriate him.

He had travelled to Pakistan for a wedding on his mother's passport.

However, he was not allowed to return in March because officials said he should have his own British passport.

On his arrival at the airport on Saturday Osama was hugged by his parents who had not seen him since 22 March.

He grabbed his younger brothers before being reunited with his aunties and cousins, who had also travelled to the airport.

When we told him he was coming home, the first thing he said was 'I'll get to go back to school'
Abdul Sattar, Osama's father

Osama, who had travelled alone on the flight from Lahore, said the thing he had missed most about Scotland was "everything".

His parents Abdul, 46, and Rubina, 34, said they were delighted he was home.

Mr Sattar said: "He's been missing school especially. When we told him he was coming home, the first thing he said was 'I'll get to go back to school.'

"He has a school trip to Fort William on Monday so he's looking forward to that.

"We're delighted to have him home."

He said they would have a party next weekend to celebrate Osama's return.

His mother and two younger brothers had been able to return to their home in Dundee after his uncle's wedding but he had to stay in Pakistan with his uncle in the city of Multan.

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern got involved in the case and the Home Office arranged for a passport to be sent to the British High Commission in Islamabad.


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