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Sisters recall bloodshed created by Partition of India

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar

Exactly 70 years ago, at the stroke of midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, British rule ended in India, and the two separate nations of Pakistan and an independent India were created.

However, the Partition of India resulted in huge bloodshed due to religious differences.

Families were slaughtered as Muslims headed west, while Hindus and Sikhs headed east, settling on either side of a border created by the departing British.

Muslim sisters Suriya and Khairun were young children at the time of the Partition.

Fear and danger over the situation led to their family leaving their home in Bombay to settle in Karachi in the newly created Pakistan, a journey of more than 800 miles.

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Remains of 47 victims plane crash sent to Islamabad

Credit: PA

The remains of the 47 passengers and crew who were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines commuter crashed are being sent to Islamabad for identification.

A spokesman for Pakistan International Airlines, confirmed that 42 passengers and five crew members were killed in the crash. Earlier, PIA had put the total at 48.

Junaid Sarwar, a hospital spokesman in the northwestern city of Abbottabad, said only five bodies had been identified as the remains of others were burned so badly that the National Database and Registration Authority could not identify them.

"We are sending body parts of all the passengers to Islamabad for DNA tests," he said.

Wednesday's crash happened 45 miles northwest of the capital Islamabad. The small twin-propeller aircraft was travelling from the city of Chitral to Islamabad when it crashed shortly after takeoff due to an engine fault.

PIA says the plane lost contact with the control tower prior to the crash.

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