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Born in Pakistan, their hearts will beat for Kashmir

The hearts of twin brother and sister, Zaid-Bin-Aijaz and Zainab Aijaz, started beating for the first time in the capital of Pakistan last year, but their parents believe they belong to Kashmir.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2010 11:13 IST
Amir Karim Tantray

The hearts of twin brother and sister, Zaid-Bin-Aijaz and Zainab Aijaz, started beating for the first time in the capital of Pakistan last year, but their parents believe they belong to Kashmir.

Parents of these children, Mian Aijaz Ahmed and Dilshada Begum, are residents of Jammu and Kashmir but their children were born in Islamabad. For the first five months of lives, Zaid and Zainab lived in Pakistan but their parents believe they belong to Kashmir.

"We are Kashmiris and naturally our children are also Kashmiris. It doesn't matter where they were 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, after the commmencement of the cross-Line of Control (LoC) bus service that such a case has come into light. 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 in Srinagar traveled to the capital of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) Muzzaffarabad on September 17, 2009 in the Srinagar-Muzzaffarabad bus service to meet their relatives across the border.

At that time, Dilshada Begum was seven and a half months pregnant and after a few days of her stay in Muzzaffarabad, her condition deteriorated following which doctors advised her not to travel back to Jammu and Kashmir.

Doctors at Muzzaffarabad referred her to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad where she gave birth to her children on Oct 23, 2009.

Before the birth of these children, their father Mian Aijaz had to come back to J&K because as per the rules of LoC bus service one can only live across the border for 42 days. But his wife Dilshada Begum got special permission to stay back.

After a bit of a struggle, Dilshada Begum with the help of her relatives in PAK was able to get the birth certificates for her twins when the officials of the Indian embassy in Pakistan intervened in the matter.

Dilshada along her children came back to Srinagar in March this year and the twins have brought smiles on the faces of everyone in the family.

"I am very thankful to both the countries, India and Pakistan, and especially the Indian embassy that helped us a lot in Pakistan," said Mian Aijaz Ahmed.