Beautiful story of a 70-year-old town in Balochistan that has preserved its Hindu-Muslim brotherhood
This will surely warm your heart.
Staying true to its history, a small town in Balochistan has set examples of Hindu-Muslim unity for others to follow.
According to a news outlet, Hindu families of Mekhtar, which is a Pashtun community, were forced to migrate to Jaipur across the border. These families formed a small community of 400 Hindus, with a very unique culture.
When migrating to Jaipur, the community left behind their houses and shops, which have been preserved exactly as they were left by their owners decades ago.
📸In Pictures: 70 years on, a #Pashtun town in #Balochistan still safeguards its old Hindu-Muslim brotherhood as #Muslims of Mekhtar have never opened abandoned properties of town’s migrated #Hindu community as a token of love
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A 95-year old resident of the town, Malik Hajji Paio Khan Kakar said when the Hindus were leaving after partition, they handed over the keys of their shops to the Muslims. Kakar added that the keys were never used, and their property is sitting just as they left it ages ago, waiting for their rightful owners to return.
Kakar also reminisced about meeting his old friends one last time. He said that he’d love to travel to the other side of the border and meet his friends, but his finances and health doesn’t allow it.
”If they could come here… that would be great. Then maybe once more, we could sit here. All together”, he said.
This Hindu-Pashtun community had a culture carried forward by them from Afghanistan and Balochistan, where the women had blue tattoos on their faces, heavily adorned clothes with embroidery and coins and traditional Pashtun dancing.
When their Hindu brothers were leaving, the Muslims of Mekhtar came to the railway to bid them goodbye, along with departing gifts like ghee and food for their long journey.
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