|Amtullah Siddiqui was born in 1934 in Ambala, India. In her interviews with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Ms. Siddiqui spoke about her life before Partition, her migration journey to Lahore and her life in Pakistan ever since.
Reminiscing about her village, Rohpar in India, Ms. Siddiqui described that it was a homogenous community where her father was an elder of the community, held in high regard by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. However, problems started arising when the prospect of Partition began gaining force and feelings of insecurity and aggression formed amongst the once-peaceful community.
Her migration journey is one that was characterized by a profound sense of loss that is evident in her voice, punctuated with grief, as she recalls the events that unfolded during the train journey from Rohpar to Lahore. Violent mobs of Sikhs attacked the train, killing all aboard. The prime target was her father and the Sikhs attacked him, leaving him badly wounded. Shocked by what was going around her, Ms. Siddiqui lay motionless on the ground on top of her brother as a shield, pretending to be dead.
After the Sikhs left, she barely made it out of the train and got mixed with a group of migrants walking towards the border. However, she lost her way on the journey and was eventually saved by a Sikh elderly man who promised to escort her to a refugee camp.
Ms. Siddiqui eventually reached Lahore and reminisced about how she built her life from that point on – married soon after to a cousin, she states that she is grateful for the life she has been able to live in a separate homeland that she saw gaining form in front of her.