Veteran Pakistani Cricketer Ijaz Hussein Khan recalls that the neighbourhood where his family was living remained unaffected. "My elders stayed in Jalandhar for some days even after the partition," he says.
Khan says real troubles started with the arrival of Hindu migrants from areas now included in Pakistan. "There were Hindu families arriving in the city carrying mutilated bodies of their relatives. This raised communal temperatures in the city. Hindu residents sought revenge from Muslims," he says. It was amid this chaos that Khan's elders were advised by their Hindu neighbours to leave. "They said the city was no longer safe for Muslims," he says.
Khan dispels the notion that communal attacks at partition were one-sided. Hindu, Sikh and Muslim communities all had blood on their hands, he says. "In Lahore, Sikhs were attacked by Muslims. There were so many deaths that Jawaharlal Nehru had to intervene," he says.