BUREWALA - Former Indian lawmaker Sardar Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal visited his ancestral village of 251/EB in connection with the death anniversary of Raja Ranjit Singh.

Stepping on his ancestral village, he lauded the locals for extending hospitality to him, saying: “These people always extend a great hospitality that we can’t forget.” 

He was accompanied by his younger brother Jasjeet Singh Atwal Sardar Joginder Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Vicky Bhal, Jasjeet Singh Sahota, Karan Pal Singh Taran Joshi and others. He recalled his father’s association with his hometown.

He said his father served as deputy speaker of Lok Sabha and has been serving as speaker of the Indian Punjab State Legislative assembly which was an honour for his family.

He said his family was in contact with the people of their native village. He expressed concern about the dilapidated condition of the roads in the village and demanded the local MNA take notice and asked him declare it as a model village.

MNA Chaudhry Asghar Ali Jatt, who was also present, said President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India opened a new era of friendship between the two neighbours. He added people-to-people contact will eradicate misconception about each other. He said the government committed to easing visa policies.

The MNA announced Rs2.5 million for the development of the roads of the village and said a drinking water scheme was underway. Jatt hosted a dinner in his honour.