LORALAI – Shop remains locked at its place but the owner never returns. During the partition of subcontinent, a shop-owner had left Loralai for India, as he belonged followed Hindu religion. Little did he know he might not get a chance to return again. Despite chances of original shop-owner’s return falls short, his Muslim counterpart, also a local ensures the shop is where it is.
Loralai is one of the oldest places in Baluchistan where it is believed that Pashtun Hindus hailing from Kakkar tribe used to dwell. During the 1947, in large numbers they migrated to India as they followed Hindu religion, just like many Muslims from India migrated to Pakistan based on their faith.
The story reminds of the troubling times of Partition. Despite being 73 years, will the owner return? Seems difficult to answer. However one thing remains for sure is that the Shop is going to go, nowhere.