Indian village celebrates Nawaz Sharif’s victory

Amritsar— With Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) emerging as the largest party in the initial results, his native village in India, JattiUmra erupted in jubilations, Indian media reported on Sunday.

The residents of Jatti Umra, near Amritsar, are keeping a close eye on the election developments in neighbouring country and have even started distributing sweets on listening to news that PML-N is heading for a landslide victory.

And they have a reason to celebrate, not only Sharif’s family lived here but Sharif also helped around two dozen youth of this village in getting jobs in Qatar and other gulf countries . Besides they believe that with Sharif in power in Pakistan, the relations between two countries will improve for better.

Sharif’s family had migrated to Pakistan before partition where he was born in Lahore on December 25, 1949.

When Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had gone to Pakistan accompanied by the then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in bus on March 20th 1999, he had taken soil of Jatti Umra village for Nawaz Sharif, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan. Sharif’s family house was later converted into Gurdwara.

The residents of village gathered in Gurdwara on Sunday and performed ‘ardas’ (prayer of supplication) for his party’s victory in the elections.

Massa Singh, 86, friend of Nawaj Sharif’s father Mian Mohammad Sharif told TOI “We are glued to TV channels and are happy that our boy is on way to create history in Pakistan”. He said they had gathered at his ancestral resident now turned into a Gurdwara and offered prayer for his success. He said he was hopeful that dissolving differences with India and bridging gaps would be on top agenda of Sharif. “The derailed peace process with Pakistan will be back on track” he said.

Singh who proudly shows the his picture with Sharif kept in his wallet said that it was due to Sharif’s links with the people of his ancestral village that more than two dozen youth were working in factories of Sharif’ family in Doha Qutar .”The boys who are working in his relatives factories are very happy and never faces any problem” said he.

Another resident of the village Baldev Singh said “Many other local youth are pinning hopes of getting jobs with the help of Sharif who will once again become the Prime Minister of Pakistan and we all pray for his victory in the elections”. He said Sharif would definitely work to improve relations with India. “If he was in power, may be Sarabjit would have returned home safely” he said.

Another elderly resident of village Mohinder Kaur has started distributing sweets even before official declaration of Sharif’s victory said “Sharif’s father had got her married in this village, we are indebted to him. She said she felt as if someone from his family has won.