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Love across borders: husband remains hopeful as Anju returns to India

December 01, 2023

DIR: The husband of Anju (Fatima), the Indian woman who silently left Pakistan via the Wagah border two days ago, expressed hope on Thursday for her return after two or three months.

Anju, 34, had met and married Nasrullah of Upper Dir five months after their Facebook friendship. She left for India via the Wagah border on Wednesday to reunite with her two children.Anju arrived in Upper Dir on July 22 through the Wahga border. Speaking to The News, Nasrullah said that Anju had departed for her home country after spending a few days in Islamabad and Lahore.

The couple had recently visited historical sites in Lahore, including the Badshahi Mosque, Badshahi Qilla, and Pakistan Park.He said that Anju had been missing her two children since she came to Pakistan. “I said goodbye to Anju (Fatima) at the Wahga border and she entered her country at two o’clock on Wednesday,” he said.

Pakistani (R) and Indian border security personnel hold flags of their country at the border. — AFP/File
Pakistani (R) and Indian border security personnel hold flags of their country at the border. — AFP/File 

He added that Anju’s one-month visa had already expired. He said that they had applied to the Ministry of Interior to extend the period, but due to some difficulties, it could not be completed yet and the formal process was supposed to take four months to one year.

Nasrullah said that despite repeated pleas of Anju (Fatima), the visa was not extended so she decided to go back through a 15-day departure letter and canceled the visa extension application.

He said that before returning to India, they were given a farewell party by several friends in Lahore.Responding to a question, Nasrallah said that she would come to Pakistan again after three months. He said that if her visa had been extended for one year, it would have been better, but it did not happen.

“If I get a visa for India, then I will take Anju back myself”, he said. He said that Anju was facing a divorce case from her first husband in India and she wished to meet her children.He said that Anju had got a lot of love and respect from everyone here in Pakistan.

Nasrullah expressed gratitude to the people of Dir for their unwavering support, stating they had lacked nothing. Family sources indicated a potential permanent move to Dubai for a peaceful life, where Anju could be closer to her children.

Anju had previously undergone a court marriage with Nasrullah after converting to Islam in Upper Dir. The couple received widespread love and respect from locals and organizations across the country. Several companies and business organizations show generosity by announcing plots and offering gifts to the couple in various parts of the country.