This year, Baba Guru Nanak Devji’s 549th birth anniversary was unusual and groundbreaking for so many reasons, but amid all the celebrations the world witnessed one of a kind emotional reunion. At Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib Punjab, three siblings reunited for the first time after 1947.
Two sisters, Ulfat Bibi and Mairaj Bibi hugged their brother Sardar Bayanth Singh after seven decades of staying apart. The family was a resident of Paracha Village, near Dera Baba Nanak Gurdaspur, India before 1947’s partition. But partition was a nightmare for this family as one daughter and one son went missing. The family migrated to Pakistan, leaving behind their two children.
Later, their mother Allah Rakhi contacted one of their former neighbours to know the whereabouts of her son Bayanth. Since then, Bayanth has been in contact with his sisters over Telephone and letters.
This time, Bayanth finally planned a visit to Nankana Sahib’s Gurdwara to pay his homage to Sikh’s sacred figure, and also see his sisters for the first time. Speaking to a local media outlet, Ulfat Bibi expressed the wish to be allowed to travel to India to see her nieces and nephews. Both sisters, Ulfat and Mairaj also requested PM Imran Khan to extend their brother’s visa, if he cannot be granted Pakistani nationality.
The heart-warming story will be one of many that we will witness as Pakistan and India decide to open Kartarpur Border Corridor to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims visiting their holiest site on banks of River Ravi. The historical decision not only will facilitate the pilgrims but is already being celebrated as a ‘victory for peace’ by both sides of the border.
story originally published in Express Tribune
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