Date: 3/20/2006


SEE LETTER BELOW////// You mention March 4.///// On that day in 1947 there was general strike in LAHORE after the resignation of Khizar Hayat ministry.///// In the general massacres that ensured in MULTAN on the following day, a prominent Akali Dal leader, NANAIK SIGH, was assassinated. A week later the entire Rawalpindi district was in FLAMES and general evacuation of minorities began throughout West Punjab. ///// It has never been brought out how our dear neighbours at that time suddenly turned on us like bloodthirsty wolves. Thus came about the biggest mass migration of history that is not mentioned in Indian circles any more.///// Every Hindu who does go back, makes it a point to see the house that his father built and the mandir where his grandmother married.///// ammarinder///// PS: WE SHOULD SAY TO YOUR HOSTS, "GIVE US BACK OUR HOMES AND GURDWARAS BACK AND PUSH THAT 500 ROOM HABITAT "UP YOURS". WE DON'T WANT TO APPLY FOR VISA TO THE LOWEST SCUM OF MANKIND, THE TREACHEROUS MOHAMMEDANS WHO ATTACKED SECULARISM AND WEST PUNJAB LIKE THE ATTACK ON NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 AND ON LONDON ON JULY 7, 2005. TO TRUST A MUSALMAAN, BEIMAAN, SHAITAAN HAIWAAN IS TO SIGN ONE'S OWN DEATH WARRANTS AND WRITE OFF ONE'S DAUGHTER'S DIGNITY.///// =========///// In a message dated 20/03/2006 12:03:37 GMT Standard Time, writes: [[[[[[[[////// I missed this gathering of scholars in Lahore, but had a brief private memorable visit to Pakistan. Besides visiting Dehra Sahib in Lahore, Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib, I refreshed my childhood memories by visiting Lyallpur now Faisalabad)--my birth place ;Sargodha where I lived when I was 2 to 4 years of age , and then Mandra and Gujarkhan in District Rawalpindi, where I lived and studied upto Matriculation, and then Bewal my ancestral village, where we used to spend our summer vacations. I met a Muslim neighbour at Bewal whose mother was regarded by my father and his six brothers as their only sister. She gave them all her sisterly love --- being Muslim she always hesitated to give them cooked food, lest some neighbour objected. ///// Wherever I went if we stopped at some place to find out locations of sites that were indelible in my memory, small groups gathered to help us, smetimes successfully, sometimes not, because there were not many 80-year-olds llike me. Some that we did meet had migrated from India in 1947. ///// I had arrived in Delhi from US on March 1, the day there were large anti-Bush demonstrations in Delhi and other places. I went to Lahore On March 4, the same day that President Bush landed there.///// There was total hartal in the city that day. The city walls were plastered with strongly worded antiBush posters.////// My host in Pakistan is associated with the project of building a 500-room habitat for pilgrims, in cooperation with some Canadian Sikhs. He is also interested in building a 4 or five star hotel, and also organising a helicopter service between Lahore and Nankana Sahib.///// My host and members of his extended family gave me most gracious and extremely generous hospitality. /////// In short, I will never forget this extremely pleasant trip. I and my family had visited Pakistan last in June 1959. That trip was memorable, but this one was overwhelming. ////// HS: Delhi.///// 000000000