LAHORE: Pakistani Hindu families who have been stranded on the Indian border for the past three months have finally returned home, but one of the families has been deported due to lack of travel documents.
Hindu families from Pakistan had gone to India at different times with the dream of a better future, but they are returning because of the discrimination and persecution that has taken place there. Yesterday, members of 95 Pakistani Hindu families returned via Wagah border. For the past three months, these people have been living in the open air near the Attari border of India. There the locals used to provide them food.
Due to the closure of Pak-India border due to Corona, these people were facing difficulties in returning to Pakistan. The Express News / Tribune had highlighted the plight of these Hindu families a few weeks ago after which the higher authorities took notice and now these families have returned to Pakistan.
Among those Hindu families is Palaram, whose wife gave birth to a child at the Attari border on December 2. The family had brought the newborn with their four other children to Pakistan, but immigration officials at the Wagah border told the family that the child had to have a birth certificate and travel documents because it was born in India.
The family has named their newborn baby Border, the family has been sent back to India so that they can get the travel documents from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi after getting the birth certificate of their newborn baby.
According to Palaram, the 97 Pakistanis stranded at the border include 47 children, six of whom were born in India and are less than a year old. Apart from Pala Ram, another Pakistani citizen Laga Ram gave birth to a child named Bharat. Laga Ram had gone to Jodhpur, India in 2020 to visit his brother.
The Hindu families returning to Pakistan are very happy, they have thanked the Pakistani authorities. One of the citizens said that he had gone to India to perform religious rites and visit his relatives but was trapped there. He is happy that he has returned to Pakistan.