Pak national visits motherland after 61-year wait (Lead)

July 7th, 2008 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, July 7 (IANS) After waiting 61 years, Pakistani national Mohammad Yusuf finally returned to his native village Kamalpur, near Rupnagar town, Friday. The 80-year-old Yusuf was accompanied by his son Arshad, an officer in the Pakistan police. It was an emotional reunion for Yusuf meeting his childhood mates, Jaggu Ram and Ram Sarup, who had especially come from Kurukshetra town in Haryana to meet their old pal. Yusuf’s family migrated to Pakistan in 1947 after India’s partition.

Yusuf was honoured at a function held in the village gurdwara Sunday.

Recalling old memories, he said things had changed manifold in his old village. He said he studied at Jhallian village near here and used to bathe in the Sirhind canal near the village. He visited the Sirhind canal, and the place where his house and school were situated.

An overjoyed Yusuf was grateful to his son Arshad, who is a deputy superintendent of police (DSP). “It is all due to the efforts of my son that I got a chance to visit my motherland once again.”

Yusuf was a big landlord when he left India but was not allotted any land in Pakistan. He was forced to work as a labourer for about 20 years and after that he was allotted 25 acres of land in Pakistan.

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