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Pakistani Muslim sisters meet Indian Sikh brother after 71 years of partition

Nankana Sahib: Two Muslim sisters and their Sikh brother from a village near Dera Baba Nanak reunited at Gurdawara Janmasthan Nankana after the division of the subcontinent.

Mairaj Bibi of Shahdra and her sister Ulfat Bibi of Sheikhupura Lahore told reporters that their parents used to live in Paracha village near Dera Baba Nanak Gurdaspur (India) before the 1947 Partition.

They said before their family members migrated to Pakistan their elder sister and a younger brother who was one and a half years old at that time went missing.

The mother, Allah Rakhhi, later contacted one of her former neighbours and found out the whereabouts of her son, Beant. The sisters said they contacted their brother through postal and telephone assistance.

Ulfat and Miraj also appealed to Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan to extend their brother’s visa.

Sardar Bayant Singh Paracha arrived in Pakistan to attend 549th birthday festival of Baba Guru Nanak along with his friend Sardar Nerpal Singh, they said.

Bayant Singh contacted Punjabi Sikh Sangat Pakistan chairman Sardar Gopal Singh Chawala who arranged their meeting. It was a very emotional moment for them when three siblings met and hugged each other after separation for more than 70 years.

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