Reunions have an incredible power to bring tears of joy, but when they occur after a staggering 76 years of separation, they become even more special. After 76 years of separation due to the partition, the heartwarming reunion of two cousins unfolded at the historic Kartarpur Corridor.
This touching meeting, which was made possible through the power of social media, was announced by a Pakistani official on Monday.
Who are Mohammad Ismaeel and his sister, Surinder Kaur?
In their 80s, Mohammad Ismaeel and his sister, Surinder Kaur, made their way to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur from their respective cities in Pakistan and India, sharing an emotional embrace on a memorable Sunday.
An official from the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) said that the administration at Kartarpur Sahib helped arrange the cousins’ reunion and provided them with sweets and langar.
Ismaeel is from the Sahiwal district in Pakistan, Punjab, approximately 200 km from Lahore, while Kaur hails from Jalandhar. Ismaeel and Kaur’s families used to live in Shahkot town, Jalandhar district, before the partition, but they were separated during the riots.
Ismaeel’s story was shared on a Pakistani-Punjab YouTube channel.
How did their reunion happen?
After seeing it, Sardar Mission Singh from Australia contacted Ismaeel and told him about his family members missing in India. Singh provided Ismaeel with Kaur’s phone number, and the cousins talked.
Where did they meet?
They decided to meet at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor.
Their reunion was incredibly emotional, with heartfelt scenes unfolding.
Kaur and her family members from India also participated in religious rituals at the Gurdwara. The Kartarpur Corridor connects two significant places: Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province, where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is laid to rest, and the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district.
Indian Sikh pilgrims can use this four km-long corridor to visit Darbar Sahib without visas.
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