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Born to Pakistani parents at Attari border, male child named Border | Chandigarh News



ATTARI: A Pakistani Hindu couple, Bala Ram and Nibhu, has named their newborn son ‘Border’ as he was born at the Attari international border.
“We have named him Border since it will always remind us of our hardships at Attari international border, especially spending cold nights out in the open,” said Ram, who along with wife Nibhu, four more children and around 100 Hindu pilgrims are camping near the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of Attari. Border was born on December 2.
The Hindu jatha had arrived in September, but was not allowed to cross the border due to the expiry of their Covid-19 test report and for want of an exit letter required after the expiry of their visas.
All of them had arrived in India about one and a half years ago to visit Hindu temples, but couldn’t return due to Covid-induced lockdown and went to Rajasthan where they worked as stone carvers in Jaipur and Jodhpur.
Ram said they had been camping here in the open for the past over two months waiting for the completion of paper formalities. “We have appealed to the Indian government to send us back, but we are told that one family alone couldn’t be sent back and we would have to stay till our visa or exit letter arrives,” he said.
Nibhu had also given birth to a female child in Jodhpur and named her Bharti. “The names will remind them of their Indian connection,” she said.
In August, a Pakistani Hindu woman named Rani had given birth to a girl, Nilakhi, in Jodhpur. Nilakhi was just three days old when she along with her parents and three siblings Sagar, Deepa, Hemraj, and the rest of the jatha members had arrived at the ICP on the way to home.
Family turned back
Of the 100 Pakistani Hindu nationals camping at Attari international border, all of them crossed the border to Pakistan on Monday evening after they received their travel documents. However, the family of Bala Ram and Nibu was sent back by Pakistan authorities. Protocol officer, ICP, Arun Kumar, said that India had cleared all the Pakistani nationals but the family of Bala Ram was sent back as the Pakistan authorities had demanded that the newborn should have a birth certificate and passport.

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