A lot has changed since partition, says Hamza Ludhianvi, Pak senator

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 11:45 IST

Hamza Ludhianvi, 86-year-old Pakistan senator, who visited his alma mater SCD Government College here on Friday, urged the school students to make their country proud. Punjab’s Shahi Imam Moulana Habib Ur Rehman Saani Ludhianvi honoured him with title ‘Pride of Ludhiana’ on the occasion.

Hamza Ludhianvi graduated from this college in 1947 and then pursued MA in economics from Pakistan. He did his schooling from Islamia High School, Ludhiana. His son Iklrama Hamza, who visited India for the first time, accompanied him during the visit. HT spoke to him during the visit. Here are the excerpts of the interview:

After how many years have you visited Ludhiana?

My last visit to Ludhiana was in 1997. I am revisiting the place where I was brought up. I visited my school and college to refresh childhood memories. I remember the college building, my classroom and it was nostalgic to again visit all those places.

What message would you like to give to students of SCD Government College?

They must give time to studies and make their country feel proud. If interested in politics, the students must work for the welfare of fellow citizens. Colleges must prepare students according to the requirements of the industry. Theory should be supplemented with practical knowledge for students to make them excel in every field.

Which is your favourite place in Ludhiana?

Mohalla Dholewal. I had resided there for over 14 years. I love that mohalla, but when I visited it today, I found everything has changed. Residents have renovated their houses, several commercial outlets have opened. But I felt great walking on the same road where I had played with my friends in 1947.

What needs to be done to ensure better relations between India and Pakistan?

Communication needs to be felicitated between the people of both countries to develop better understanding. Moreover, there is a need to get united to fight terrorism. Prevalent visa norms should be eased as Pakistanis face numerous visa problems while wanting to visit India.

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