Guwahati: They are siblings by birth but separated by fate and now united by destiny. Well, this is not a story of a movie, but a true story of three siblings. They are two sisters and a brother who met each other in an emotional reunion at Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib, on Sunday.
The two sisters, Ulfat Bib, and Mairaj Bibi perhaps had never thought in their dreams that they would get to meet their long-lost brother Beant Singh after a huge gap of 70 years. An instance of a victim of the Partition, this Sikh family had to move away to Pakistan leaving their home in Paracha village near Dera Baba Nanak leaving behind their son Beant in India.
Their mother, who had also migrated to Pakistan, had later enquired about their son Beant back in India by asking her former neighbours and had got to know about his whereabouts. It is after discovering that their son is doing well and is safe and sound in India, the family started keeping contacts with him. Beant had been in touch with his sisters through letters and phone calls. And finally, that much-awaited moment came when he could meet his sisters in person by joining the Sikh jatha (group) from India.
One of the sisters, Ulfat Bibi says that she should be said she should be allowed by the Pakistan government to travel to India and meet her relatives like her sister-in-law and nieces and nephews. But for the time being as Beant is in Pakistan and the sisters’ are enjoying his company, they are appealing the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to extend their brother’s visa.
As there are many such families and relatives who got parted from each other due to the Partition, there have been repeated appeals to make their meetings easy and frequent. In fact, the governments of Pakistan and India have decided also to open the Kartarpur corridor so that the Sikh pilgrims can easily visit the Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak.
The gurdwara is only 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine, and can be seen from the Indian side. It is at the Dera Baba Nanak that Sikhs use to gather in a large number to catch a glimpse of the gurdwara.
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