Separated 75 years ago, siblings reunite at Kartarpur

Narowal, May 24, 2023 (PPI-OT): Emotional scenes were witnessed after a brother and his sister separated 75 years ago reunited at the Kartarpur Corridor. The siblings were separated by the tragic Partition of 1947 that led to the formation of Pakistan and India. Mahendra Kaur, 81, accompanied by her family members, made the journey from India to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur via the Kartarpur Corridor while 78-year-old Sheikh Abdul Aziz arrived in Kartarpur with his family from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Dawn newspaper reported.

During the partition in 1947, the family of Sardar Bhajan Singh, who resided in Indian Punjab, was tragically torn apart. Following the Partition, Sheikh Abdul Aziz relocated to Azad Jammu and Kashmir while his other family members remained in India. Sheikh Abdul Aziz told the media that he spent years in distress after being separated from his family. He tirelessly searched for them but couldn’t find any leads. He married at a young age but always carried the longing to reunite with his estranged family, including his parents and other relatives.

The video of the siblings was shared on Twitter by PMU (Project Management Unit) Kartarpur Official, in which the two can be seen embracing each other. Both can be seen overwhelmed with emotions of happiness, as they finally met after these many years and that of grief over the loss of their parents. Overwhelmed with joy, Mahendra Kaur repeatedly hugged her brother and kissed his hands. In light of this joyful occasion, the Kartarpur administration adorned both families with garlands and distributed sweets. The families visited Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur together, sitting side by side and sharing a meal. They also exchanged gifts as a symbol of their reunion.

The family members revealed that they came across a post on social media detailing the separation of a man and his sister during the partition. The two families connected through this post and discovered that Mahendra and Aziz were indeed the estranged siblings. Mahendra expressed her gratitude for the Kartarpur Corridor project, praising the government of Pakistan. She remarked that today, the Kartarpur Corridor has brought together siblings who were separated 75 years ago, exemplifying its power to unite families and bridge long-standing divides.

For similar stories of such reunification and love, the Kartarpur Corridor is also famously called the Corridor of Love, Peace and Reunification. Last year as well, in January, two separated brothers reunite in the corridor. Muhammad Siddique, 80 and Habib, 78 met each other in an emotional reunion where they hugged and cried and garlanded each other on the happy occasion.

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