Meerut’s Mohammad Faizal, who had gone to visit his daughter in Lahore, wished to stay longer, but the blast at the border on Sunday evening forced him to make his way out of Pakistan with wife and two children.
In tears and shock, Faizal alighted from the Samjhauta Express at the railway station here around 2.30pm on Monday, looking to be in a hurry to get home. “The news of the blast shook my entire family and many people around,” he said.
He was at his daughter’s home when the news flashed on television. “Instantly, we started packing our bags for the journey home. I was worried that the border might be shut,” said the man, happy to be home but worried about the daughter left in Pakistan. “It will always be important for me to visit her,” he said.
Lahore resident Abdul Rafiq Khan, who had come over to attend a wedding, said it was the worst terrorists could do. “Many innocent people were killed. Pakistan is in shock. Terrorist elements should be dealt with strictly,” he said. Jammu resident Nausheen, back from Meerpur in Pakistan, said: “I saw the scare in Pakistan after this blast. There was a lot of urgency and tremendous checking on my way back.”
“Since yesterday night, people are talking only about this blast,” said Lahore shopkeeper Rais Ali. “Terrorism is the biggest enemy of both countries, and we should fight it together,” he said, adding: “People are in hurry to go back indeed because they are scared.”
Since the blast, there is high security at the Attari railway station. The dog squad is searching the entire trains.
The train that arrived around 2.30pm was searched thoroughly by the customs and the police.
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