Indian gets Pak visa to meet his family separated 74 years ago
Sika Khan had met his brother Muhammed Siddique earlier this month at Border
New Delhi, Jan. 28 (Delhi Crown): A 74-year-old Indian citizen who had met his real Pakistani brother at Kartarpur earlier this month after 7 long decades, on Friday got a visa to visit Pakistan.
Both – Sika Khan (Indian) and Muhammed Siddique (Pakistani) were separated at birth during Partition.
India is celebrating its 75th year of Independence this year.
Khan lives in Phulewala village of Bathinda district in India’s Punjab state.
The emotional reunion of the two siblings had created a “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” moment at the Border last month, with both sides hailing the picturesque moment with deep emotions.
The two brothers had established contact with each other through a video call in 2019 because of the efforts of a popular Pakistan-based YouTube channel “Punjabi Lehar”, which highlighted their story.
Earlier this month, the same YouTube channel facilitated a meeting between the brothers during a visit to the Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Indian nationals are able to visit the Sikh shrine without visas by travelling through a special cross-border corridor.
A video of the two brothers embracing while fighting back tears caused waves on both sides of the border.
The Pakistani High Commission in Delhi tweeted – “The story of the two brothers is a powerful illustration of how the historic opening of the visa-free Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in November 2019 by Pakistan is bringing people closer to each other.”