Punjab & Region

Pakistan national to visit ancestral village in Bathinda after 75 years

Amritsar, May 26
Pakistan national Sadiq Khan could not ask for more, for he will be visiting his ancestral village Phulewal in Bathinda district for the first time since the Partition. Septuagenarian Sadiq, accompanied by his brother Sikka Khan, crossed over to India via the Attari-Wagah joint check post on Tuesday evening. The two brothers got separated during the Partition. Sadiq and his father moved to Pakistan in 1947, while his mother and brother stayed back at Phulewal village. “I was just 10 in 1947. After that, we lost contact with India. After 74-long years, I could relocate my family. I am thankful to India and Pakistan governments for granting us visas without any hassle,” says Sadiq. It was Pakistan-based web blogger Nasir Dhillon who came in contact with Sadiq and posted his story on YouTube in 2019 to trace his family roots in India. Sadiq narrated how he missed his family and specially mentioned his brother Sikka.