Gratitude of Tears

04:00 PM | 29 Nov, 2021
Gratitude of Tears
Gratitude of Tears
Gratitude of Tears
Gratitude of Tears

Imagine - just imagine visiting the graves of the family that saved the life of your grandparents about 75 years ago during a bloody civil war...

Yes - yesterday on November 28, 2021, after nearly 75 years, I paid my heartfelt and much overdue gratitude at two small graves in Ibban Wali, Pakistan of the Muslim family, Bashir Ahmed Virk and Amna Bibi, who give refuge to my Sikh grandparents, Captain Ajit Singh Butalia and Sardarni Narinder Kaur, in Lahore during the bloody partition of South Asia of 1947.

Bashir Ahmed Virk, the father of current MNA of Gujranwala Mehmood Bashir Virk, swore upon on the Quran that my grandfather was his brother - saving the life of my grandparents and two uncles.

Amna Bibi stitched new clothes with her own hands for my grandparents and took care of my two uncles - one of whom was about 3 months old at the time.

It is said that the goodness of our ancestors always continues but my visit focused on lifting up the multiplication of such goodness by the generations of tomorrow.

At both the graves, I offered the same prayer - may more people in the world, especially in the Land of the Five Rivers, be more like Ahmed Sahib and Amna Bibi so we can wash the bloodstains of the partition of our common homeland of Panjab with our mutual love and compassion.

It is time for South Asians to transform the wall of partition that we have drawn in our hearts from one of the enemies on the other side to one of the friends on the other side.

As I said goodbye to the graves, I knelt down to kiss them. And that is when words of gratitude dried up and the gratitude of tears overflowed.

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia currently serves as the Executive Director of Religions for Peace, USA.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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