Longing for Indo-Pak peace since 1950, Pakistani woman dies in Kashmir

Srinagar: Eighty six year old Pakistani woman, Anjuman Ara, couldn’t meet her family back in Quetta for the last 68 years before she died in Srinagar on Thursday.

Married to Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Nizami, in early 1950 she moved to Kashmir before relations between India and Pakistan turned hostile and snapped her ties with Pakistan.

She couldn’t travel to meet her parents in Pakistan and longed to see them before their death.

Her father Abdul Rahim Khana was a contractor in Pakistan. When Khan and his wife, Shami ul Nisa died, Anjuman couldn’t meet them.

Last week the woman became ill and after a severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder she breathed her last on Thursday. She was buried at the grave where her husband also remains buried at Magarmalbagh in Srinagar.

Her son, Javid Nizami, said that her story was a rare one. “If there would have been peace between India and Pakistan, my mother could have been able to meet her family in Pakistan. She couldn’t when her parents died many years back,” he said. (CNS)

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