Childhood pal from Pakistan at a loss for words over his meeting with Manmohan Singh

May 31st, 2008 - 2:28 pm ICT by admin  

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New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Certain emotions cannot be explained and such was the emotion that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s friend from Pakistan felt after a forty-five-minute-long reunion with his ‘Mohana’.
A school friend from Pakistan, Raja Ali Mohammad met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Friday after nearly six decades of separation.
The Prime Minister did not mind extending the scheduled 30-minutes meeting by an extra 15-minutes, as he wanted to spend a memorable time with his schoolmate from Pakistan.
Dressed in traditional Pakistani attire Ali, while talking to media persons here on Saturday, could not find the words to explain his visit.
“I cannot express the emotions that I felt. I am short of words. The love and affection that I received from Singh and his wife is simply unexplainable. We had our old talks. Pakistan has already invited him. I personally invited him to visit our village. People are waiting for him there,” Ali said.
Ali could not stop himself from narrating key happenings of the much sought after meeting where Singh sat holding his hands.
Singh kissed the mud and water of his school in Pakistan brought by Ali, and clearly expressed his adoration and reverence for his friend.
Ali told reporters that people from both Pakistan and India should be easily allowed to unite with their ancestral lands and meet old friends and relatives.
“Everybody in India and Pakistan wants that there should be peace and harmony between both the countries. And the visa formalities should be much more relaxed so that people from the both countries can easily pay visit to their relatives. People form Pakistan should come here and visit their ancestral land. And similarly Indians should go to Pakistan and see their culture and land. I came here in peace and harmony. I will be short of words about my experience here if anybody asks me once I’ll go after crossing Wagah border,” Ali added.
Earlier, when Manmohan Singh became India’s Prime Minister in May 2004, Ali Mohammad had sent his personal greetings through his nephew, a Deputy Commissioner in Pakistan, along with a set of embroidered golden Punjabi slippers, popularly called “Tille Wali Jutti”, as a gift.
Expressing his gratitude to his native villagers and to his friend in Pakistan, Singh promised to visit his native village some day.
Raja Ali crossed over to India on May 23, and brought with him other souvenirs of their shared past. Apart from the soil and water of Gah Village, he also carried photographs of the village and of the Katasraj temple, besides a copy of the school record where Singh’s name was registered.
Interacting with the media on his arrival, Ali said that it was due to Singh that the Government of Pakistan had built two high schools and hospitals in Gah village.
Ali informed that an under-construction school in Pakistan would soon be named after Singh. (ANI)

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