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Jun 09, 2011 at 09:49am IST

Lahore man meets family in Kashmir after 68 yrs

Kashmir: A man met his family in Kashmir 68 years after he left for Lahore. It was an emotional moment for Kabir Shah when he alighted from the trans-LoC bus earlier this week. After 68 years, he was finally reunited with his family in Anantnag's Sallar area. Shah was only 10-years-old when he had crossed over to Lahore in undivided India in 1943.

"Although I was issued a passport twice, I was refused visa. I then applied for a permit. It took me two and a half years to board the Uri-Muzaffarabad bus and reach here. I'm overwhelmed to see my family," Shah said.

Shah's world has changed during the time he has been away from home. His parents and siblings have died. Only one of his sisters, whom he has never met, is alive to greet him.

Shah says that he wants free movement of the divided families and that India and Pakistan should try to end hostilities

Shah may have built a life in Karachi, running a small transport company. But the pain of being separated from his family, village and the school where he learnt his basics, fills him with nostalgia.