Just as Sikhs all over the world celebrated the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, a Sikh man from Punjab was reunited with his two Muslim sisters from beyond the border. The siblings had been separated during the calamitous 1947 partition between India and Pakistan and went on to wait 71 years to be able to see each other again.
The emotional reunion took place in Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday. Sardar Bayanth Singh was separated from his family during the bloody partition of India. His family, including his two sisters Ulfat and Mairaj Bibi, went on to migrate to Pakistan. He and another sister, who had been lost, were left behind.
However, Bayant's mother did not give up. According to a report in Express Tribune, the family used to reside in undivided India's Paracha village which lies in the Gurdaspur district in Punjab. The woman got in touch with her neighbors back in India who eventually helped her track hers on.
And now, after 71 years, Bayant has finally been able to meet with his family in Nankana Sahib. Though Bayant would soon have to return, his family is trying hard to convince Pakistan to grant nationality to Bayant, or if not then at least extend his travel visa.
The incident comes in the background of the historic opening of the Kartarpur corridor between Punjab, India and Pakistan in order facilitate Sikh pilgrims travelling to their holy place. While the move was welcomed by many including Islamabad, controversy regarding the corridor refused to die in Punjab, even on the day of the laying of the foundation stone on Monday.