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Another Pak Hindu family crosses over

punjab Updated: Aug 19, 2012 12:00 IST
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Three people, 48 bags holding pillows, bedsheets, utensils and other paraphernalia. A Pakistani couple and their daughter crossed over through the Attari border with 'future plans' on Saturday.

Committed to go back to Pakistan, Sunil Kumar, who hails from Sakkar in upper Sindh, spoke about problems such as extortion and conversion being faced by Hindus in Pakistan.

Kumar, who runs a floor mill back home said, "I am going to Lucknow to attend a function and will go back." When asked about the kind of luggage he is carrying, Kumar said with a smile, "There is a future plan."

"Definitely, there is a plan that we have come to settle in India. It will take some time but it is the plan," he added.

To a question that did he face any problem personally, Kumar said, "I haven't, but some people known to us do face the problem of extortion."

"There are reasons and that is why we can see movement of Pak Hindus to India. Extortion, forced conversion and kidnappings are the issues in areas of Jacobabad," he added.

Kumar, who had crossed over to India with his wife and daughter avoided electronic media.

As several Hindu families are coming to India these days, some are tight-lipped over the situation there, while some do speak openly.

Hundreds of Pakistani Hindus have crossed over to India for pilgrimage this month. On Friday evening, 223 Pak Hindus reached India for pilgrimage.

Talking to mediapersons, Pak Hindu Lal Chand, who arrived by bus, said, "I hail from Nankana Sahib and we face no issues there. But there are certain problem-prone areas. We keep on hearing about such issues."

Few days back also some families had arrived via Samjhauta Express with a lot of baggage. They maintained that they have left Pakistan and decided to stay in India. "Pasand aa gaya to rahenge (If we like it, we will stay put)," a family had said.