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Mumbai: A Pakistani family spent night on footpath as hotels denied them lodging



A Pakistani family left high and dry on the streets of the Indian capital when hotels denied them lodging.

According to details, a sis member Pakistani family who was on a visit to India had to spend a night under sky on the footpath in Mumbai after the local hotels did not allow them to lodge in. These six Pakistanis hailing from Karachi arrived in Mumbai to pay a visit to a shrine in the city.

Noor Bano, her brother Innayat Ali, her nephew Shakeel Ahmed, a 7-year-old boy and two other women of the same family arrived in Mumbai on October 14. “We arrived in Mumbai on October 14 morning, went to the shrine and returned from there after prayers. We are going from Mumbai, but don’t want to go with bitter memories. However, one will think about the treatment given to him or her on foreign soil,” said Noor Bano.

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“I asked the family to wait near a hotel at Bhenzi Bazaar and began searching for a hotel or lodge. Till the evening I visited around a dozen lodges, but everyone refused to admit us since we are from Pakistan. What is the problem in providing us accommodation when the Indian government has given us valid visas?” Shakeel Ahmed said.

When the Pakistani family failed to find a lodging place in Mumbai, they decided to go to Jodhpur where there relative lives. But when they arrived at the rain station, the local railway authorities told them that there was no train available for Jodhpur till late night and that the only option left for them is to return the next morning. Since according to the local regulations, the family could not spend the night at the railway station.

However, because of these conditions the family was helpless and had no other option but to spend the night on the footpath. However, the following day, the family went to Jodhpur.