The Long Trek: Man on a Mission in India



I don't think this is the way I want to tour India and Pakistan but this story by Saadia Khalid recounts the grit of one man willing to go the extra mile.

ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Nadeem Lohar, a folk singer, poet and composer has come all the way from Gujrat to Islamabad* in his wheelchair with a ray of hope to meet president and seek grant for forming a musical group.

Offended though that no transporter showed readiness to accommodate him along with his wheelchair, Lohar continuously travelled in the scorching heat in his wheelchair to reach Islamabad, but his sweating suntanned face was still full of determination.


* For those of us who are geographically challenged, Gujarat is the most northerly coastal state in the west of India while Islamabad is at the far eastern end of Pakistan above Punjab and bordering Jammu and Kashmir. I other words, it ain't no stroll in the park!

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