New Delhi: The story of Amarjit Singh living in India and his sister Kulsoom Akhtar living in Pakistan is no less than the script of a movie. In this story of separation among the brother-sister, a massive emotional outflow was seen.
The brother-sister duo have met each other after a massive time of 75 years. The pretext of their story is assimilated with a long range of drama emitted from the separation of families since the time of partition.
Amarjit Singh lives in Jalandhar, Punjab and Kulsoom Akhtar lives in Faisalabad, Pakistan. During the partition of India-Pakistan, Amarjit was separated from his family along with one of his sisters. His parents had migrated to Pakistan with other children. Kulsoom was not born at that time.
Amarjit met Kulsoom in Pakistan
On Wednesday, Amarjit Singh met his sister Kulsoom Akhtar at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Amarjit Singh had reached Pakistan from the Attari-Wagah border with a visa, while his sister Kulsoom, 65, had come from Faisalabad to visit her brother. When the two met, they hugged each other and cried for a while. Kulsoom Akhtar along with her son Shahzad Ahmed and other family members had come from Faisalabad to meet Amarjeet.
Kulsoom used to listen to the story from her mother
Speaking to Express Tribune of Pakistan, Kulsoom said that his parents immigrated to Pakistan in 1947 leaving their son and a daughter in Jalandhar. Kulsoom said she was born in Pakistan and heard about Amarjeet from her mother.
Kulsoom said that she never expected that she would ever be able to meet her brother and sister. A few years ago, Sardar Dara Singh, a friend of his father, came to Pakistan from India. During this time, Kulsoom’s mother told Sardar Dara Singh about her son and daughter left in India, the name of their village and the place of their home.
After returning from Pakistan, Sardar Dara Singh reached Amarjeet’s village (Padawan) and met him. During this, Sardar Dara Singh came to know that the sister left in India with Amarjeet had passed away. He gave this information to Kulsoom and his mother. After getting the information, Kulsoom decided to meet his brother Amarjeet.
Adopted and raised as Sikhs
Actually, when Amarjit Singh was left in India with his sister, a family helped and adopted both the siblings. Since the adoptive family was Sikh, Amarjit Singh and his younger sister were raised as Sikhs.
On the other hand, when Amarjit Singh came to know through Sardar Dara Singh that his real parents are in Pakistan and are Muslims, it was a shock for him. However, he consoled himself that many families apart from his own family had been separated from each other at the time of Partition.
The climax of the story… what does Amarjeet Singh want?
Amarjeet Singh said that the memories of the time of Partition were hazy. He was very sad after being separated from his parents. Although things went well with time, he remembered that his parents are also from Pakistan. He said that he was happy to know that his parents are alive and so are his siblings who are in Pakistan. After the information, he decided that he would now go to Pakistan to spend time with his family. Amarjeet Singh also said that he also wants to take his family to India so that he can meet his Sikh family.
My mother found her brother after 75 years
Kulsoom’s son Shahzad Ahmed said that he used to hear about his maternal uncle from his maternal grandmother and mother. He said that all the siblings were very young at the time of partition. He said, “I understand that since my maternal uncle was raised in a Sikh family, he is a Sikh and my family and I have no problem with that. Shahzad said that he is happy that after 75 years his mother has found her lost brother.
This is the second time that a family has met each other again through the Kartarpur Corridor. Earlier in May, a woman born to a Sikh family who was adopted and brought up by a Muslim couple met her brothers from India in Kartarpur.