Finally, the ashes of six Pakistani Hindus were brought from Sailkot by visiting Indian Hindu relatives and immersed in the holy river Ganga at Hardwar, as per the last wishes of the deceased.
"Ashes of elders of the family were lying in our tiny house in Sialkot for many years, as it was their last wish that their ashes should be immersed in Ganga river as per the Hindu rituals", Ashok Kumar, who migrated to the city more than 10 years back along with his family and brother, told
As it was impossible for anyone of us to go back to Pakistan and bring ashes, we were not able to bring it back due to lack of permission from both Indian and Pakistan Government, Ashok said adding that recently some Indian Hindu relatives went to Sialkot and brought back the ashes along with them.
“My old aged mother, Sahnti Devi, who is still living in Sialkot, has rang me up recently to urge me to provide peace to the departed souls of the family, by immersing their ashes at Hardwar”, he revealed with his eyes filled with tears.
“Two our relatives Rattan Lal and Nimmo Devi went to Sialkot on tourist visa and brought back the ashes”, he said revealing that although they revealed to the immigration departments about carrying the ashes, but on humanitarian ground, they did not raise any objection and same happened with Indian officials too.
“Ashes of departed souls, which were brought back include of my father Ram Rakha, Grand father died in 1990, Ishro Devi, Grand Mother died in 1988, Diwan Chand, brother of Grand Father, died in 1992, Pandit Sewa Ram, Fahter, died in 2007,Ved Parkash, brother who died in 2010, and cousin Mulakh Raj, who died in 1992”, Ashok revealed.
He revealed that his elder brother Ved Parkash died due to heart attack as his teen aged daughter was forcibly converted as muslim and was admitted into a local madrasa of Sialkot.
Recently another brother Santosh Kumar died, but local Muslims did not allow his last rites and ultimately he was buried as per muslim rituals, he revealed.
Hundreds of Hindu families, who have migrated to India and their fate on getting the Indian citizenship is still in limbo, are not only worried about their kin, who are still living across the border, but also about the ashes of those who died in Pakistan, as it were still in wait to be immersed in the holy river of Ganga as per the hindu rituals, Ashok said.
It is very difficult to perform last rites as per hindu rituals in Pakistan as people force Hindus to bury the bodies in the muslim crematorium, Ashok said adding that some of the hindu families had to bow down under pressure and performed last rights as per muslim rituals.