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Partition separated siblings reunited at Kartarpur after 75 years

Partition separated siblings reunited at Kartarpur after 75 years

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Lahore: A man, Pakistan national, and his sister, an Indian, who got separated during the Partition 75 years ago, reunited at the Kartarpur Corridor on Monday, PTI reported.

Eighty-one-year-old Mahedendra Kaur from India met her 78-year-old brother Sheikh Abdul Aziz, who resides in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The emotional meeting was made possible through social media.

According to Dawn News, the two realized that they were siblings through a social media post. During the Partition, the family of Sardar Bhajan Singh from the Indian side of Punjab was tragically torn apart when Aziz relocated to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir while his other family members remained in India.

He married at a young age but always had a longing to reunite with his parents and other family members.

The two families discovered that Mahendra and Aziz were indeed estranged siblings after connecting through a social media post detailing the separation of a man and his sister during the Partition.

Overwhelmed with joy, Mahendra Kaur repeatedly hugged her brother and kissed his hands, and the two families also visited Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur together, sitting side by side and sharing a meal on Sunday.

They also exchanged gifts as a symbol of their reunion.

Following the joyful reunion, the Kartarpur administration adorned both families with garlands and distributed sweets.

The Kartarpur Corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Punjab province, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in India's Punjab state.

The four km-long corridor provides visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the Darbar Sahib.

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