Pakistani national to visit ancestral village in Bathinda after 75 years: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Amritsar, May 25

Pakistani national Sadiq Khan couldn’t ask for more as he will visit his ancestral village Phulewal in Bathinda district for the first time since partition. Septuagenarian Sadiq, accompanied by his brother Sikka Khan, made the crossing to India via the joint Attari-Wagah checkpoint on Tuesday evening.

“Sikka stayed with me at my home in Bogran village in Faisalabad for a few months. I am delighted to visit my ancestral village in Bathinda, of which I have only vague memories. I brought clothes, toys and other items for my family,” Sadiq says.

The two brothers separated during the Partition. Sadiq and his father moved to Pakistan in 1947, while his mother and brother remained in Phulewal village.

“I was only 10 years old in 1947. After that, we lost contact with India. After 74 long years, I was able to move my family. I am grateful to the Indian and Pakistani governments for granting us visas without any problems,” says Sadiq.

It was Pakistani web blogger Nasir Dhillon who got in touch with Sadiq and posted his story on YouTube in 2019 to trace his family roots in India. Sadiq shared how he missed his family and specially mentioned his brother Sikka.

Fortunately, doctor Jagsir Singh from Phulewal village saw the video on YouTube and contacted Nasir.

The two brothers met after decades at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in January for a few hours. After some time, Sikka got a three month visa to go to Pakistan and stay with his brother Sadiq.

thanks to India, Pakistan

I was only 10 years old in 1947. After that, we lost contact with India. After 74 long years, I was able to move my family. I am grateful to the Indian and Pakistani governments for granting us visas without any problems. — Sadiq Khan, national of Pakistan

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