Jati Umra is an ancestral village of Nawaz Sharif in the Amritsar district and the village Gah in Chakwal is the birthplace of former PM Manmohan Singh. Both these villages remind us of the potential for peace and cooperation between India and Pakistan.
Shabaz Sharif had said in his 2013 visit that he wished he was born there. “We sat on the cots and sipped hot milk served by the villagers. My father was emotionally connected with this village because ours was the only Muslim family in this Sikh-dominated village,” he recalled when he accompanied his father to the village in 1979. “It was fate that my father migrated before Partition and I was born in Pakistan. Had my family not migrated to Pakistan, I would have been the son of this village.”