The hearts of twin brother and sister Zaid-Bin-Aijaz and Zainab Aijaz first beat in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad on Oct 23 last year, but their parents believe their heart will always beat for Kashmir.
Parents of these children Mian Aijaz Ahmed and Dilshada Begum are resident of Jammu and Kashmir but their children were born in capital of Pakistan. For first five months Zaid and Zainab breathed in Pakistan but their parents believe their hearts are Kashmiri.
“We are Kashmiris and naturally our children are also Kashmiris. It doesn’t matter where they have born, their identity is with Kashmir and their heart will beat for Kashmir,” said Mian Aijaz Ahmed.
It is for the first time in five years of after the start of cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service that such a case has happened. Thousands of people have moved across the LoC but these children are special because they didn’t need any clearance certificate from any intelligence agency to travel from Muzzaffarabad to Srinagar.
Mian Aijaz Ahmed and Dilshada Begum of Hamza Colony Srinagar traveled to capital of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) Muzzaffarabad on September 17, 2009 in Srinagar-Muzzaffarabad bus service to meet their relatives.
At that time, Dilshada Begum was seven and half month pregnant and after few days stay there, her condition deteriorated following which doctors advised her not to travel back to Jammu and Kashmir and have complete rest at Muzzaffarabad only.
When the delivery time came closer, doctors at Muzzaffarabad referred her to PIMS and she got admitted there on October 21, 2009 and gave birth to her children on Oct 23 after she was operated by Dr. Qudsiya at the hospital.
Before the birth of these children, their father Mian Aijaz had to come back to J&K because as per rules of cross LoC bus service one can only stay there for 42 days in PAK. But his wife Dilshada Begum got special permission to stay there and come back after getting normal.
Now, on March 25, Dilshada along her twin children also came back to J&K and is living with other family members at her residence in Srinagar, which have brought smiles on the faces of other family members.
After a bit struggle, Dilshada Begum with the help of her relatives in PAK was able to get birth certificate of her twins after the intervention of officials of Indian embassy in Pakistan. “I am very thankful to both the countries India and Pakistan and especially Indian embassy that helped us a lot in Pakistan,” said Mian Aijaz Ahmed.