Kartarpur corridor may unite many lost relatives like these
The Hush Post|09:56 am| 1-min-read
Separated as kids, three siblings, two Muslim sisters and their Sikh brother from a Gurdaspur village near Dera Baba Nanak, had an emotional reunion at Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib, Pakistan on Sunday.
The two sisters, Ulfat Bibi and Mairaj Bibi, hugged their brother Beant Singh tightly as they met him for the first time in seven decades.
Natives of Paracha village in Gurdaspur near Dera Baba Nanak in India, the family was shifting to Pakistan when a son and daughter got lost in the melee.
The mother, Allah Rakhhi, later contacted one of her former neighbours in Gurdaspur. Luckily, she managed to trace and found out the whereabouts of her son, Beant. According to a Pakistani newspaper, Express Tribune, since then Beant has been in touch with his sisters through letters and phone calls. But it was only this year, after about seven decades of being separated, that he managed to meet them face to face. He had gone to Nankana Sahib as part of the Sikh jatha from India.
The news report said that Ulfat Bibi wants the Pakistan government to allow her to travel to India to meet the rest of her brother’s family.
Now with Pakistan and India taking steps to facilitate the visit of Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak, more such reunions will be possible.
The Kartarpur gurdwara is 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur and is visible from the Indian side. Sikhs gather in large numbers at Dera Baba Nanak to catch a glimpse of the Kartarpur gurdwara on the other side of the border through binoculars.