‘Ditched’ at home, 50-year-old woman pins hope on Pakistan for property left in partition

Sudarshan Kaur, a 50-year-old government employee, has moved Punjab and Haryana high court seeking directions to procure information from Pakistan and supply it to her about ancestral land left by her father Pritam Singh in Pakistan during partition.

punjab Updated: Aug 16, 2017 13:31 IST
Surender Sharma
Surender Sharma
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Pakistan,Punjab and Haryana high court,Ministry of External Affairs
Sudrshan Kaur says, “Every year, the Independence Day comes and rubs salt into my wounds. It has been a decade now since I am fighting. On Independence Day today, I urge Pakistan to help me as that is the only hope for me to get justice.” (Karun Sharma/HT)

This is a tale of family where the “enemy” holds the key to climax.

In a property dispute among the family members migrated from Pakistan, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has assured Punjab and Haryana high court to approach Pakistani authorities to seek details of land held by family in Pakistan prior to partition within next two months.

The assurance was given on the petition filed by a Panchkula woman, who needed the same to prove that a piece of property in Ambala town that her paternal family owned, was an ancestral one. Her father had migrated from Layalpur in Pakistan during partition and was allotted land in Ambala.

Sudarshan Kaur, a 50-year-old Haryana government employee, was in court seeking direction to procure information from Pakistan and supply it to her about ancestral land left by her father Pritam Singh in Pakistan during partition.

“Every year, the Independence Day comes and rubs salt into my wounds. It has been a decade now since I am fighting. On Independence Day today, I urge Pakistan to help me as that is the only hope for me to get justice,” Kaur said.

As per her petition in court, post her father’s death, the land in Ambala was acquired by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for setting up townships. But her paternal family members did not give her the share.

It was in 2007 when she started petitioning authorities in Jalandhar, where record of those migrated was kept, and later other places. As her pleas did not yield any results, she eventually approached high court in September 2016, seeking direction to MEA to take up the matter with Pakistan.

“The petitioner being daughter of Late Sh Pritam Singh has a coparcenary right by birth because all the properties belonging to Late Sh Pritam Singh have been allotted in Ambala district in lieu of the ancestral property left by him during partition in Pakistan,” her petition read.

In response to the petition, the Centre had told court that number of letters have been addressed to the High Commission of Islamabad (Pakistan) for supplying necessary information. However, no response has been received till now.

“…another letter shall be addressed to the authority concerned by the ministry at the earliest in any case not later than two months,” the Centre assured court following which, high court disposed of the matter.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 13:31 IST