Former acting Pakistani president visits Jalandhar ancestral house

Jalandhar, Oct 28 : For Pakistan's two-time former acting president Wasim Sajjad, Monday was a nostalgic day as he came to see his ancestral house in Jalandhar.

Though Sajjad could not go inside the house in Suraj Ganj locality as it was locked and its owners live in Mumbai, he had a look at the building from the roofs of the adjoining houses. Many area residents and other locals greeted Sajjad during the visit and refreshed him with memories of the pre-partition era.

He was visiting the house after 66 years and spent around 45 minutes in the locality. The house belonged to his maternal grandfather.

Sajjad, who was remained acting president of Pakistan in 1993 and 1996-97 in his capacity as chairman of the Senate, seemed to be overwhelmed on reaching here.

Born here in 1941, his family left the place before partition in August 1947. His father, Sajjad Ahmed Jan, who used to practice here as a lawyer, went on to become judge in Pakistan's Supreme Court and the Chief Election Commissioner there.

Sajjad, while interacting with people, hoped that relations between India and Pakistan would improve and the visa regime would be relaxed to enable people to visit each other's country.

Jalandhar's Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia presented him a framed copy of his original birth certificate written in Urdu.

Sajjad was in touch with Jalandhar-based lawyer Navtej Singh Toor for the visit to his ancestral house.

Jalandhar is 160 km from Chandigarh.

--IANS (Posted on 28-10-2013)

punjab-news headlines

CBMs with Pak essential for Amritsar to succeed as trade centre: Capt

Showers lash Jalandhar, wheat harvesting can be delayed

Badal has always exploited Punjabis' emotions for personal gains:

Drugs worth Rs.700 crore seized in Punjab ahead of LS polls

Capt Singh gets overwhelming response during Youth Cong road show

Capt asks Jaitley why Modi has not withdrawn petition against Pbi farmers

Punjab ready for free, fair, peaceful Lok Sabha polls : DGP

BSF kills Pakistani smuggler, recovers eight kg heroin

Capt questions Jaitley's timid silence on crucial Punjab specific issue

Amarinder condemns attack on Amritsar party office

AAP emerges as third force in Punjab

Badal under delusion of Modi wave while BJP sees none: Bajwa

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014


Your e-mail:

Your Full Name:

Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box


Back to Top