This Pakistani tells the tale of how love becomes the casualty of national boundaries

March 1, 2017, 11:03 am
This Pakistani tells the tale of how love becomes the casualty of national boundaries
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This Pakistani tells the tale of how love becomes the casualty of national boundaries

This Pakistani tells the tale of how love becomes the casualty of national boundaries

Love is capable of breaking barriers of culture, religion and even countries! This Pakistani man fell in love with an indian girl, for whom he came from Pakistan to meet her, get married and live in the country to witness their first child, the fruit of their love. But he is now getting deported back to Pakistan, from where he came to India for his ladylove.

The story of 31 year old Akbar Durani, is like a Bollywood scripted movie, but a tale that will have to span for a period of 5 years.

Durani, hailing from Okhri in Hyderabad province of Pakistan, has been brought from Madhya Pradesh for deportation to his home country for overstaying in India in violation of visa norms.

Struggling to hold back his tears, Durani narrates his love story and tragedy which began in the year 2011 when he came in touch with Sofia of Dewas in Madhya Pradesh via the Facebook and later video chatting through Skype.

My attraction for Sofia compelled me to come to India. I, along with my mother, obtained visa and went to Dewas. I met Sofia’s parents who immediately agreed to my marriage proposal with a condition that I will settle down in India after marriage. Our marriage was solemnised in the year 2013 at Dewas and after a year we were blessed with male child
Akbar Durani 

Having a Masters degree in Economics, the man has been teaching at a school in Madhya Pradesh for a livelihood.

However, according to him, since he was in India on a Tourist Visa, he approached the FRRO for a 'Long Term Visa' and was told to give the application. "I approached the FRRO office for 'Long Term Visa' two months before the expiry of my visa duration, citing my marriage with the Indian girl. But it was all in vain," the Pakistani national said.

"On the day the duration of my visa ended, I visited the FRRO office to enquire about my visa status. There I was arrested on the charge of overstay in India and was sent to prison," he said.

In August 2015, a court awarded one-year imprisonment to him for overstay in India and violation of visa norms.

"On 8 August, 2016, I was released from the prison and was lodged in a police station for want of travel documents to be issued by Pakistan High Commission. It took over six months as my antecedents were confirmed by the Pakistan High Commission," Durani said.

"The sad part of my love story is that my wife and kid are not allowed to travel with me to Pakistan. It would be tough for my wife and son to stay in India in my absence. They are in Amritsar to bid me good bye. The worst part is that I may not get visa again to visit India as visa norms were violated on my part," he said.

He is also not sure whether his wife and two-year-old son Ariz would be issued visa by the Pakistani High Commission to visit him in Pakistan.

"I never thought that I would be forced to separate from my family after settling down in India. It is tsunami in my life," he said.