Harda (MP): Pakistani national Shahida Khaleel`s happiness knew no bounds when she finally got an opportunity to travel to India from Karachi to tie rakhi to a Hindu man in Harda, whom she considers her brother.
After five years of efforts, the 45-year-old Shahida finally got a visa to visit India, and came to Harda yesterday to tie rakhi to Pankaj Bafna, who is her cousin`s friend.
"I had been trying to obtain a visa to India for the past five years. Finally, I got the visa three days back," Shahida told a news agencyhere today.
She said her family had moved to Pakistan about thirty years back, though her uncle had settled in Harda.
"During my childhood I would visit Harda. However, I could not come to India for a long time. Pankaj, who is my cousin Dilip Khan`s friend, had been inviting me to celebrate Raksha Bandhan here. This year I finally got a chance and tied him a rakhi," she said.
46-year-old Pankaj, who is as happy on Shahida`s coming, said besides tying rakhi, Shahida gifted him an idol of Lord Ganesh.
Pankaj`s mother Indubala said that the love between her son and Shahida was an example for everyone. "I pray that relations between India and Pakistan also remain cordial always," she said.