Haveli waits for a word

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Only minutes away from the busy Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here, Neharwali Haveli -- the house in which Pervez Musharraf took his first few steps as a child -- is quiet. A battered ball and a bright orange tricycle stand in the compound now crowded with clothes hanging to dry. Sitting in front of a television set watching pictures of the General in Pakistan before his arrival in India on Saturday, the owner of a part of the haveli, Devinder Kumar Jain remembers the time his home was the centre of the media blitz. "There were many people from the media who came when the General's mother visited the haveli last month. But this time I think we have been forgotten,'' he says.

With no news of the General or his entourage planning to pay a visit to the haveli, the Jain family seem a little disappointed. "We have not been told anything. I don't think that he will visit this time. I thought they might send us tickets to the see the cricket match, but there is no word till now. The place has changed since the time he grew up here. ,'' he says.

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