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Loads of luggage and an undecided mind

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Attari, August 16, 2012
First Published: 19:39 IST(16/8/2012) | Last Updated: 19:41 IST(16/8/2012)

"Pasand aa gaya to rahenge", uttering these words a Hindu family alighted from the Samjhauta Express with an undecided mind and loads of luggage.

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Approaching towards the battery of mediapersons that eagerly rushed to Attari station to know about tales of Pakistan Hindus, Anil Kumar who reached India along with wife and kids, said, "Abhi To ghumne aaye hain, pasand aa gaya to extend karva kar (visa) rahenge nahin to waapis chale jayenge."

On constantly being asked that if given a choice would he stay in India, "Anil said, "30 din ka visa hai, agar yahaan rehna seekh gaye to reh jayenge (I have got a 30 day visa, if I learn to live in India then may stay back)

"Rehna chahenge to reh lenge, humein koi rok thoda sakta hai, hum legal hain (will stay, if feel like, nobody can stop us, as we are legal."

However Anil when asked about any atrocities in Pakistan said, "I face no problem there. I cannot comment on others, I can just comment on myself."

I have not heard of any atrocities, he added.

Anil also stressed that Pakistan was his homeland and he may go back as well after some stay in India.

But Anil's statement also mentioned probability that he may stay in India as well.

Anil, who had come with wife and three kids, carried a plenty of household luggage and even beddings were seen.

Another Pakistani Hindu named Manohar Lal also remained tightlipped on situation in Pakistan and stressed that he was in India for eye treatment and will go back.

Kamlesh, another Pak Hindu denied talking on any atrocities across the border and mentioned that they faced no trouble.
With the reports coming that Pakistani Hindus were facing issues in upper Sindh and Balochistan area, there were lot of families coming to India.

On Monday, Pakistani Hindu Mukesh Kumar had cried and narrated that Hindus were forced for conversions and also faced the threat of extortion and kidnappings.

Ahuja had openly declared that he would not go back to Pakistan and now live in India for safe life.

Luggage is one thing that attracts every eye, as soon as some Hindu Families come out of the train. It is huge and contains lots of household items other than clothing.


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